Author: Subramanian, Ravi
Source: Georgia Institute of Technology
Number of pages: 4
This doctoral-level course explores managerial decision-making at the increasingly important interface between firms’ operations and the environment. While altruistic motives for considering the interface may or may not be compelling, our emphasis will be on competitive and legal drivers. Since the area is relatively new to the majority of management researchers, the course will first introduce participants to the pertinent competitive and legal attributes of the interface. This will be accomplished through readings that are descriptive or theoretical in nature. In particular, selected readings related to recent environmental legislation will highlight the important strategic and legal issues that have surfaced with the implementation of various forms of environmental regulation – issues that demand the attention of scientific management. Having motivated the need to study the interface, we will briefly look at how various management disciplines have treated or can treat the interface. Thereafter, we will proceed to the core of the course where we will critically review research papers (journal articles) that have studied the interface. Mimicking the life-cycle view, the papers are categorized on the basis of product life-cycle stages – Design, Production, Use, and Post-Use. Such an organization will allow us to coherently experience the richness of methodologies that have been used in the literature to address problems of prime managerial concern.
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