INFORMS Open Forum

Call for Papers: Management Science Special Issue on Business and Climate Change

  • 1.  Call for Papers: Management Science Special Issue on Business and Climate Change

    Posted 08-05-2019 00:43
      |   view attached
    Management Science Special Issue on Business and Climate Change
    Rajesh Chandy, Glen Dowell, Colin Mayer, Erica Plambeck, George Serafeim, Mike Toffel, Beril Toktay, Elke Weber

    Climate change poses major risks and opportunities for a wide array of companies and industries-and to society at large. Recent scientific and policy reports, including the U.S. National Climate Assessment and by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), provide increasingly alarming conclusions about the direness of the disruptions and displacements that climate change will elicit, especially under "business as usual" scenarios. Yet, far too little research is being conducted to provide the critical insights that companies and managers need to adjust how they plan, measure, site, forecast, innovate, develop products and services, and manage supply chains in light of opportunities to mitigate climate change and adapt to climate change's physical consequences and regulatory changes. Management Science, given its wide recognition as a top journal across many disciplines and departments, seeks to stake a leadership position in addressing this deficit by spurring a wide array of scholars to conduct more rigorous and relevant research in this critical area.

    Regular and Fast Track submissions are welcome from across the full scope of Management Science topics as they relate to business and climate change. For example, topics suitable for the Special Issue include submissions focused on business decisions related to climate change adaptation, mitigation, carbon reporting, climate finance, risk assessment and corporate disclosure, corporate strategy (e.g., divestment and acquisition of climate-sensitive industries), management control systems (target setting, incentive provision), corporate governance structure and process, organizational change, valuation and investor behavior, climate-relevant technology, innovation, and big-data analytics.

    The Special Issue seeks research that provides the insights that managers need to operate in a world in which climate change affects freshwater availability and quality, sea levels, ambient temperature and moisture, the frequency and intensity of hurricanes, drought, and floods, with disproportionate implications for more vulnerable populations and major changes in transportation and energy systems. Managers need to know how to effectively adjust how they plan, site, forecast, innovate, develop products and services, invest, finance, insure, and manage organizations and supply chains in light of opportunities to mitigate climate change (i.e., reduce its magnitude) and to adapt to climate change's physical and social consequences and regulatory changes. Managers also need to identify and implement innovative approaches to mitigate emissions in manufacturing and services, transportation and energy systems, construction, and supply chains, as well as potentially via carbon sequestration and geoengineering.


    Please submit your manuscript online via In Step 1, select either "Special Issue on Business and Climate Change" or "Special Issue on Business and Climate Change - Fast Track" as the Manuscript Type. In Step 5, recommend at least three preferred Associate Editors (AEs), drawing from the current Management Science Editorial Board (which includes many AEs with expertise relevant to climate change) and from the following list of Guest AEs for the Special Issue. In Step 6, select your preferred special issue coeditor as a Department Editor. Reviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Submission Deadline: November 30, 2020.

    Associate Editors

    Vishal Agrawal, Georgetown University

    Amir Amel-Zadeh, University of Oxford

    Ravi Bansal, Duke University

    Brad Barber, University of California, Davis

    Pauline Barrieu, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Ian Bateman, University of Exeter

    Bryan Bollinger, Duke University

    Patrick Bolton, Columbia University

    Kent Daniel, Columbia University

    Shijie Deng, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Wedad Elmaghraby, University of Maryland

    Caroline Flammer, Boston University

    Rebecca Henderson, Harvard University

    Deishin Lee, Ivey Western

    Tom Lyon, University of Michigan

    Ho-Yin Mak, University of Oxford

    Mary-Hunter McDonnell, University of Pennsylvania

    Nigel Melville, University of Michigan

    Vikas Mittal, Rice University

    Om Narasimhan, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Elias Papaioannou, London Business School

    Sanjay Patnaik, George Washington University

    Stefan Reichelstein, Stanford University

    Henri Servaes, London Business School

    Alina Sorescu, Texas A&M University

    Stijn van Osselaer, Cornell University

    Gernot Wagner, New York University

    Timothy Werner, University of Texas, Austin

    Owen Wu, Indiana University

    Jeff Wurgler, New York University

    Joshua Graff Zivin, University of California, San Diego

    Beril Toktay
    Professor of Operations Management
    Brady Family Chairholder
    Faculty Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business
    Scheller College of Business
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Atlanta, GA