Environmental Scanning and Sustainable Development

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This work is an initial exploration of the relationship betweenscanning and sustainable development. In ten chapters, the authorsexamine the application, characteristics and implementation ofscanning oriented toward sustainable development. Thus the workoffers some answers to the questions "what is sustainablescanning?", "what new issues does it raise formanagement practice and management science?", "whatforms can it take?" and "how...?"


Nicolas LESCA is Lecturer at LIG and CERAG.

This work is an initial exploration of the relationship between scanning and sustainable development. In ten chapters, the authors examine the application, characteristics and implementation of scanning oriented toward sustainable development. Thus the work offers some answers to the questions what is sustainable scanning?, what new issues does it raise for management practice and management science?, what forms can it take? and how?


Introduction xi

Nicholas LESCA

Chapter 1. Sustainable Development: a Vague and Ambiguous Theory 1

1.1. Introduction 1

1.2. Sustainable development as a vague theory 6

1.3. Company actions justified by reference to the notion of sustainable development: consequentialism tested by modern deontology 9

1.4. The dimensions of ambiguity of the notion 14

1.5. Conclusion: calling into question managerial references in relation to sustainable development 19

1.6. Bibliography 22

Chapter 2. Parameters and Particularities of Sustainable Development-oriented Strategic Scanning 25
Marie-Laurence CARON-FASAN

2.1. Introduction 25

2.2. Strategic scanning 26

2.3. Applying a sustainable development-oriented strategic scanning process 36

2.4. Conclusion 44

2.5. Bibliography 45

Chapter 3. Sustainable Development of Large Network Service Companies: Inhabiting Territories via Middle Managers, Strategic Scanners 47
Alain Charles MARTINET and Marielle Audrey PAYAUD

3.1. Introduction 47

3.2. The foundation of modeling 48

3.3. The architecture of the model 52

3.4. Middle managers: key players of sustainable development 62

3.5. Conclusion 71

3.6. Bibliography 72

Chapter 4. Small Business and Sustainable Development 77

4.1. Introduction 77

4.2. The favored SD fields 77

4.3. SB: a multiple identity 79

4.4. Strategic scanning in SBs: a specific approach 84

4.5. Types of entrepreneurs, strategic scanning and SD 87

4.6. Conclusion 98

4.7. Bibliography 99

Chapter 5. Human Resources Scanning: a Tool for the Implementation of Sustainable Development? 101

5.1. Introduction 101

5.2. Theoretical approach, explanations and the link between HRS and SD 102

5.3. Research methodology 109

5.4. Results and discussion 111

5.5. Conclusion 124

5.6. Bibliography 125

Chapter 6. Sustainable Scanning in a Network: an Ambitious Project for Company/territory Synergies Creation 129
Magalie MARAIS, Solange HERNANDEZ and Olivier KERAMIDAS

6.1. Introduction 129

6.2. Sustainable scanning within RPISED: a chameleon concept locally orchestrated 131

6.3. An empirical study of sustainable scanning in the RPISED: a methodological approach 140

6.4. Empirical contributions to the theory: presentation of the main results 143

6.5. Conclusion 156

6.6. Bibliography 157

Chapter 7. The Greenhouse Gas Inventory: a Scanning Tool in the Fight Against Climate Change 161

7.1. Introduction 161

7.2. Methodology for constructing a GHG inventory 163

7.3. The GHG inventory as a strategic scanning tool 173

7.4. Conclusion 180

7.5. Bibliography 182

Chapter 8. Targeting Sustainable Scanning: a Methodology Based on Logistics and Supply Chain Management 185
Nathalie FABBE-COSTES, Christine ROUSSAT and Jacques COLIN

8.1. Introduction 185

8.2. Sustainable development: multiple logistical stakes 186

8.3. Relevance of logistics and SCM to anticipate evolutions linked to sustainable development and imagine strategic directions: examples 191

8.4. The logistics intelligence process to target sustainable scanning 196

8.5. Confronting LIP and sustainable development: a first test based on secondary data 203

8.6. Conclusion 207

8.7. Bibliography 208

Chapter 9. Our Actions and Projects, their Risks and Impact on the Environment: using the Weak Signal Concept to Explore Unforeseen and Unexpected Possibilities 213
Nicolas LESCA

9.1. Introduction 213

9.2. The future: a field of possibilities 215

9.3. Detecting weak signals and early (warning) signs in order to explore unexpected possibilities...

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