Managing Natural Resources
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Managing Natural Resources

Organizational Strategy, Behaviour and Dynamics

Edited by Gerard George and Simon J.D. Schillebeeckx

Managing the natural environment is fundamental to many businesses, yet management scholars have understudied how natural resources are acquired and deployed, how they constrain and challenge strategy and innovation, and how they differ from more conventionally studied resources in management. This book captures leading and thought-provoking conceptual and empirical contributions on how organizations (ought to) interact with such natural resources. The authors apply and extend management theories to the natural resource context, thereby opening up multiple avenues for future research.
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Chapter 10: Sustainability science and water usage: science as a method for the corporate governance of natural resources

Van V. Miller and Michael J. Pisani


Governance of corporate sustainability conduct presents a particularly burdensome challenge because it relies on voluntary codes of conduct, minus regulatory mandates. Two major codes are examined and found to be seriously deficient in terms of institutional legitimacy. To deal with this issue, this chapter proposes the use of sustainability science at the corporate level to provide usable knowledge for the governance of corporate sustainability conduct. The proposal, built around five key questions, is then illustrated with two descriptive cases that examine water usage by two large multinational corporations in India and the United States.

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