Organization & Environment ( O & E ) is a peer-reviewed academic journal that covers the fields of „sustainability management, policy and related social science“. [1] The editors-in-chief are J. Alberto Aragon-Correa ( University of Granada ) and Mark Starik ( San Francisco State University ). The journal was established in 1987 and is published by Sage Publications ; it is sponsored by the Group of Research on Organizations and the Natural Environment (GRONEN). [2]

Abstracting and indexing

Organization & Environment is abstracted and indexed in Scopus and the Social Sciences Citation Index . In 2014 the journal had its impact factor suppressed due to anomalous self-citation patterns [3]


John M. Jermier, co-editor and co-editor of the Journal of Inter-disciplinary Management, who plays with a variety of perspectives, including critical organization and radical ecology. Collaboration between members of the Organization and the Natural Environment section of the Academy of Management and the Section on Environment and Technology section of the American Sociological Association was at the heart of the journal’s framework. During this period O & E has become a prominent outlet for environmental sociology, publishing articles, and the world-renowned environmental thinkers and younger scholars who would later become leaders in environmental sociology. The journal plays an important role in increasing the influence of environmental sociology within the wider discipline and by 2011 its impact factor had grown to rival that of distinguished social interest and social problems . [4]


The following persons have been (co-) editors of the journal:

  • Paul Shrivastava (founding co-editor, Concordia University ) [5]
  • John M. Jermier (founding co-editor, University of South Florida ), 1997-2012 [6] [7]
  • John Bellamy Foster ( University of Oregon ), 1996-2001 [8]
  • Richard York (University of Oregon), 2006-2012 [9]
  • J. Alberto Aragon-Correa (University of Granada), 2012-present
  • Mark Starik (San Francisco State University), 2012-present

Editorial transition

As of December 1, 2012, Organization & Environment is edited by Aragon-Correa and Starik. From this point, the journal aims to conduct „rigorous explorations and analyzes of the multiple connections between the management of organizations and any of the relevant dimensions of sustainability „; targeted contributors are „sustainability management, policy, and related social science researchers“. [10]


The December 2012 editorial transition has been strongly criticized by editorial board members of the Organization & Environment as an „editorial coup“ on the part of Sage and GRONEN. [4] [11] According to one account, the editorial transition was decided upon independently by the editors of the editorial board, without their prior knowledge or acceptance. [12] Critics have pointed out that this is not the first time charges of this condition have been leveled at Sage. In 2009, political refereed the editor of Political Theorywas replaced unilaterally and unfairly. Sage was forced to apologize, admitting that „whatever“ they had done „was done without consulting the scholars on the editorial board of the journal“. [13]

Criticism also argues that the pro-corporate / management stance of GRONEN stands in stark contrast to the work of O & E editors and writers, many of whom tend to emphasize the role of corporate power in perpetuating environmental degradation. citation needed ] In a statement published in October 2012, 25 members of the editorial board of O & E resigned in protest of the transition. [11]


  1. Jump up^ „Call for Papers,“ Organization & Environment . Accessed: December 2, 2012.
  2. Jump up^ Official webpage. Accessed: December 2, 2012.
  3. Jump up^ „Title Suppressions“ . Thomson Reuters . Retrieved 23 June 2015 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Foster, John Bellamy (Fall 2012). „Organization & Environment: The Jermier Years, 1997-2012“ . American Sociological Association Environment and Technology Newsletter : 1-3.
  5. Jump up^ „Biography“, Paul Shrivastava. Accessed: December 2, 2012.
  6. Jump up^ „Organization & Environment“, Patel Center, University of South Florida. Accessed: December 2, 2012.
  7. Jump up^ „John M. Jermier“, Accessed: December 2, 2012.
  8. Jump up^ „Curriculum Vitae,“ John Bellamy Foster, November 2012.Accessed: December 2, 2012.
  9. Jump up^ „Curriculum Vitae“, Richard York, October 2012.Accessed: December 2, 2012.
  10. Jump up^ „Editorial Transition in Organization & Environment“, August 29, 2012.
  11. ^ Jump up to:b „Statement of Collective Withdrawal from the Editorial Review Board of Organization & Environment “ . Climate & Capitalism . Retrieved 18 October 2012 .
  12. Jump up^ „Notes from the Editors“ . Monthly Review . 64 (7). October 2012 . Retrieved October 12, 2012 .
  13. Jump up^ Jaschik, Scott (July 7, 2009). „Who Controls Journals?“ . Inside Higher Ed . Retrieved 13 October 2012 .