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Environmental Management

Spring 2008

William B. Stevenson

Fulton 430B

Office Hours: Tu-Th 12:00-1:00 or by appointment

Telephone: 552-0458 E-mail: stevenw@bc.edu

Web: www:http://www2.bc.edu/~stevenw

Students in this course will learn about the theories of organization that guide managers as they manage organizations to adjust to environmental demands.  Problems of multinational management, interaction with government regulators and the problems of managing non-profit environmental groups will be addressed.  Although the course focuses on environmental problems, students will develop a general ability to diagnosis managerial problems in organizations and formulate solutions.

Course Requirements:

There will be a midterm, a final, and two group case presentations.  You will also be graded on class participation.

Oral Case Analyses:

Students will be divided into teams and will present one 20-minute analysis of a case to the class and one 10 minute research report.  Those presenting an oral case will be given a group grade. Here are the presentation guidelines for the case analysis. Group members will evaluate each other using this peer evaluation form.

Students will also do a brief 10 minute research report. Here are the guidelines and questions for each group. I will leave it up to the group to allocate work for this project. At the end of the project, however, group members will evaluate each other using the peer evaluation form.


Case Presentation 20%

Research Report




Class Participation


Final Exam


Required Reading:

Required reading available in the BC Bookstore:

Daft, R.L., Organization Theory and Design, Ninth Edition, Mason, OH: Thomson South-Western, 2007, ISBN 0-324-40542-1

Burns, R.G. and Lynch, M.J. Environmental Crime: A Sourcebook, New York:LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, 2004, ISBN:1-59332-000-0

Russo, M.V.  Environmental Management: Readings and Cases. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. ISBN: 0-395-87817-9.


There is a set of cases available in the bookstore in a packet with a red cover. The cases are in order in the packet as below. You will be assigned to groups to present a case.  Each group will do an oral presentations of a maximum of 20 minutes on a case.

Case 1: Amanco: Developing the Sustainability Scorecard

Case 2: Timberland: Commerce and Justice

Case 3: 3M: Negotiating Air Pollution Credits (A,B,C)

Case 4: Wal-Mart's Sustainability Strategy

Case 5: Forest Stewardship Council

Case 6: AES Honeycomb (A)

Case 7: Montana Land Reliance


There are two articles to be read and discussed in class. They is available in the library, or on our online databases:

A Method for Facilitating Controversial Social Change in Organizations: Branch Rickey and the Brooklyn Dodgers  by John Austin, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, March, 33(1): 101-118, 1997


There are a large number of environmental regulations. We will concentrate on a set of major national laws. There are other laws that we will not consider due to time constraints, such as The Endangered Species Act.

Clean Air Act

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides very nice summaries of laws for Congress and the public. A summary of the law can be found at: http://www.ncseonline.org/NLE/CRSreports/BriefingBooks/Laws/index.cfm?&CFID=8957576&CFTOKEN=50417805..  The EPA explains the act at: http://www.epa.gov/air/caa/peg/

Clean Water Act

The CRS summary is at: http://www.ncseonline.org/NLE/CRSreports/BriefingBooks/Laws/index.cfm?&CFID=8957576&CFTOKEN=50417805.

Solid Waste Disposal Act/Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

The CRS summary is at: http://www.ncseonline.org/NLE/CRSreports/BriefingBooks/Laws/index.cfm?&CFID=8957576&CFTOKEN=50417805.

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) also known as Superfund

The CRS summary is at http://www.ncseonline.org/NLE/CRSreports/BriefingBooks/Laws/index.cfm?&CFID=8957576&CFTOKEN=50417805.  A quick overview is provided by the EPA at http://www.epa.gov/superfund/action/law/cercla.htm. You can look up Superfund sites on a clickable map of the US at http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sites/npl/npl.htm .

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)

The CRS summary is at  http://www.ncseonline.org/NLE/CRSreports/BriefingBooks/Laws/index.cfm?&CFID=8957576&CFTOKEN=50417805.  A guide to the act is located at http://www.mapcruzin.com/scruztri/docs/seek2.htm

Pollution Prevention Act of 1990

The CRS summary is at http://www.ncseonline.org/NLE/CRSreports/BriefingBooks/Laws/index.cfm?&CFID=8957576&CFTOKEN=50417805.  The NPPC at University of Michigan has a explanatory website at http://www.umich.edu/~nppcpub/p2defined.html.  The Environmental Defense Fund has created a website for examining the amount of pollution in your community.  Just type in your zipcode at the website http://www.scorecard.org to find out the amount and sources of pollution in your neighborhood.


Note: D stands for Daft, R stands for Russo, EC stands for Environmental Crime, ch. stands for chapter, and Ex stands for exercise.

I. The Organization and its Stakeholders



Readings/Class Activities


1/15 Tu


Environmental Problems and
Management Response
1/17 Th
R: ch. 1,12
Global Warming
Corporate Stakeholders
1/22 Tu
D: ch. 2
Exercise: Stakeholders
Video: An Inconvenient Truth

Global Warming as an Environmental

1/24 Th

Video: An Inconvenient Truth (contd)

II. Organizational Design and the Natural Environment

Differentiation and Integration

1/29 Tu

D: ch.3

Authority and Control

1/31 Th

D: ch.9

Contingency Theory

2/5 Tu

D: ch. 4

Environmental Regulation

2/7 Th

Regs on the web(above), EC: 3,4,5,6

Environmental Regulations and Organizations



Corporate Social Responsibility

2/14 Th

Case: Amanco(Grp.1)
Grp. 7: U.S. pollution
CEO pay

III. Organizational Politics, Economics, and the Natural Environment

Fish Banks Exercise

2/19 Tu

Case: Timberland: Commerce and Justice(Grp.2), R: ch. 13

Fish Banks Exercise

2/21 Tu


Politics, Negotiations and Environmental Management

2/26 Tu

D: ch. 13, R: ch. 5
Grp. 6: State Environmental Mgmt.


2/28 Th


Spring Break

3/4 Tu
3/6 Th


Environmental Economics
3/11 Tu
Video: Peoples Century. 1959.
Endangered Planet D421 P45 1998

Politics, Negotiations and Environmental Management

3/13 Th

Case: 3M: Negotiating Air Pollution Credits
(A,B.C),(Grp. 3)
R: ch. 3,6,7,8
Grp. 5: Local Hazardous Waste

IV. Organizational Environments and Organizational Theory

Resource Dependence and Joint Ventures

3/18 Tu

Case: Wal-Mart (Grp. 4)
D: ch. 5

3/20 Th

Institutional Fields and Environmental Issues

3/25 Tu

Grp. 4: Environmental Mgmt. in Newton

Principles of Corporate Ecology

3/27 Th

Case: Forest Stewardship Council (Grp. 5)
R: Part 4
Grp 3: Ecological Footprints

Organizational Culture

4/1 Tu

D: ch. 10

Organizational Culture

4/3 Th

D: ch. 11

Types of Culture

4/8 Tu

Case: AES Honeycomb (Grp. 6)

V. Environmental Groups and the Corporation

Changing/Greening the Corporate Culture
Managing the Environmental Organization

4/10 Th

Article: A Method for Facilitating
D: ch. 9

Environmental Partnerships

4/15 Tu

Case: Montana Land Reliance (Grp. 7)
R: ch. 14

Guest Speaker: Frank Previte, CEO EBI consulting

4/17 Th

Grp. 2: Environmental Consultants

VI. Corporations and Environmental Ethics

Guest Speaker: Robert Zimmerman, Executive Director, Charles River Watershed Association

4/22 Tu


How Much is Enough?

4/24 Th

R: ch. 4, Video: NYC and the trash crisis. The Story of Stuff

Guest Speaker: Keith Kidd, Director, BC Office of Environmental Health and Safety

4/29 Tu

Grp 1: Boston College and the Environment


5/1 Th


Final Exam 9:00 AM

5/12 Mon


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