Strategic Thinking in Organizations

The purpose of this document is to outline a strategic thinking approach in organizations.  You will learn what strategic thinking is, why it is important, the analyzes to define a strategy and implement it, what is included in a strategic thinking mindset, and how to fine-tune your strategy.  Table 1 and the eight ideas under the section on a strategic mindset are the most important parts of this document.

Business and Sustainability

Business organizations around the world use different approaches to environmental
sustainability principles and practices. The business organization, specifically the limited liability company, has been a powerful world influence. These organizations use environmental principles and practices within specific functional areas such as operations and marketing. Also, companies make escalating commitments to sustainability, from compliance with regulatory requirements to developing new business theories and governance forms. These organizational practices are complemented by social entrepreneurs who develop new businesses and solve large, intractable problems. The investment community has been much more active in using environmental and social sustainability as investment criteria. The future of environmental sustainability and the business organization lies in increasing attention to the environment with more nternalization of prices of environmental outcomes and much more clarity around standards, acceptable company practices, and partnerships. Finally, we will see shifts of national power to China, a country that will dictate standards for many nations’ approaches to environmental sustainability.

*This is a draft of an article to be published in Ian Spellberg and Daniel Vasey, (Eds). Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Berkshire Publishing Company. Volume 10: The Future of Sustainability. Please do not distribute. This is for your use and comments only.

Water as a Critical Corporate Resource

Water is a unique resource that does not receive enough attention given its essential contribution to human life. Its uniqueness among all resources results from its environmental, socio-political and economic characteristics. Several corporations, in recognizing water‟s uniqueness, have taken actions to manage this resource.

Gasoline Taxes

This brief paper discusses a few points about gasoline taxes, their purpose and their use to reach environmental goals.

Why We Need to Pay Attention to Ozone

This brief paper explains ozone, the ozone layer, the science and importance behind ozone functioning in our environment, and the impacts humans have on the state and flow of ozone.

The Triple Bottom Line

How businesses are balancing people, planet, profit

Sustainability Programs

How to Plan, Change, and Improve Environmental Sustainability Outcomes

The Financial Services Industry

Environmental Impacts of the Financial Services Industry

University Sustainability

Universities are unique environments. This paper shows how universities are measuring their sustainability programs and practices

Population, Environment and Economic Development

The relationships among these three concepts is not clear and poses several challenges for all of us, especially those trying to decide on public policy. This paper is an overview of the more important ideas and population and the environment and how they apply to economic development.

Food Insecurity in the Greater Charlotte Area

Food insecurity is defined as a lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members, and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.

In this paper we will first explore the topic of food insecurity and define some commonly used terms. Then we’ll take a look at food security’s specific impact to the greater Charlotte area. Finally we’ll explore some potential opportunities for improvement.


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