Professor Gail Whiteman

The Rubin Chair in Sustainability in Business


Gail Whiteman is Director of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business.

Her research utilises organisation theory on knowledge to analyse how a range of actors (companies, civil society, and local communities) make sense of ecological change, and how these actors transform and build resilience across scales given environmental pressures and social inequities.

Professor Whiteman is also the Professor-in-Residence at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and was actively involved in building science-based targets including those for a future low-carbon economy. She is a Research Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR), a Steering Committee member of the Future Earth Forum, and is an Executive Board member of the Resilience Alliance, an international research organisation of scientists and practitioners who collaborate to explore the dynamics of social-ecological systems.

Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Ecology & Society, and Nature, etc. Professor Whiteman was a 2011 Global Finalist in the Aspen Institute’s high-profile ranking of Faculty Pioneers in sustainability. Her research aims to help organisations deal more effectively with sustainability challenges, an objective she established during her former career in the private sector. She has led or is leading a number of large research grants related to sustainability and climate change, including the ICE-ARC research grant coordinated by the British Antarctic Survey. Professor Whiteman is also active in innovative business sustainability training and education and was the organiser of a high-profile event in 2011 – the Engaged Business Leaders’ Forum - in which H.R.H. Princess Irene of the Netherlands and H.R.H. Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme participated.

Social enterprise emergence from social movement activism: the Fairphone case
Akemu, O., Whiteman, G., Kennedy, S. 07/2016 In: Journal of Management Studies. 53, 5, p. 846-877. 32 p.
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A lot of icing but little cake?: taking integrated reporting forward
Perego, P., Kennedy, S., Whiteman, G. 17/02/2016 In: Journal of Cleaner Production.
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Vehicle emissions: Volkswagen and the road to Paris
Whiteman, G., Hoster, H. 4/11/2015 In: Nature. 527, 7576, 1 p.

Sustainable innovation at interface: workplace pro-environmental behavior as a collective driver for continuous improvement
Kennedy, S., Whiteman, G., Williams, A. 12/03/2015 In: The psychology of green organizations. Oxford : Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780199997480.

Corporate philanthropic responses to emergent human needs: the role of organizational attention focus
Muller, A., Whiteman, G. 5/02/2015 In: Journal of Business Ethics. 16 p.
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Environmentalism and corporate sustainability
Kennedy, S., Whiteman, G. 21/01/2015 In: Wiley Encyclopaedia of Management. Wiley
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism Jeremy Rifkin Palgrave Macmillan: 2014.
Whiteman, G. 10/07/2014 In: Nature. 511, 7508, 3 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Place and sense of place: implications for organizational studies of sustainability
Guthey, G.T., Whiteman, G., Elmes, M. 07/2014 In: Journal of Management Inquiry. 23, 3, p. 254-265. 12 p.
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Arne Naess (1912-2009)
De Jonge, C., Whiteman, G. 05/2014 In: Oxford Handbook of Process Philosophy and Organization Studies. Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780199669356.

Economics: fixing the climate odds
Whiteman, G. 24/10/2013 In: Nature. 502, 7472, 1 p.
Book/Film/Article review

The vast costs of Arctic change: methane released by melting ice sheets will have global economic impacts that must be better modelled
Whiteman, G., Hope, C., Wadhams, P. 25/07/2013 In: Nature. 499, 7459, 3 p.

Planetary boundaries: foundations for corporate sustainability
Whiteman, G., Walker, B., Perego, P. 03/2013 In: Journal of Management Studies. 50, 2, p. 307-336. 30 p.
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Detecting and coping with disruptive shocks in Arctic Marine Systems: a resilience approach to place and people
Carmack, E., McLaughlin, F., Whiteman, G., Homer-Dixon, T. 02/2012 In: AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment . 41, 1, p. 56-65. 10 p.
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Teaching social entrepreneurship and innovation from the perspective of place and place-making
Elmes, M.B., Jiusto, S., Whiteman, G., Hersh, R., Guthey, G.T. 2012 In: Academy of Management Learning and Education. 11, 4, p. 533-554. 22 p.
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Ecological sensemaking
Whiteman, G., Cooper, W.H. 1/10/2011 In: Academy of Management Journal. 54, 5, p. 889-911. 23 p.
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Climate economies: corporate greening falls short
Whiteman, G. 12/05/2011 In: Nature. 473, 7346, 2 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Business strategies and the transition to low-carbon cities
Whiteman, G., de Vos, D.R., Chapin, F.S., Yli-Pelkonen, V., Niemela, J., Forbes, B.C. 05/2011 In: Business Strategy and the Environment. 20, 4, p. 251-265. 15 p.
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Managing and educating outside: a Cree hunter's perspective
Jolly, F., Whiteman, G., Atkinson, M., Radu, I. 02/2011 In: Journal of Management Education. 35, 1, p. 27-50. 24 p.
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Heart matters
Whiteman, G. 12/2010 In: Journal of Management Inquiry. 19, 4, p. 348-349.
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Management studies that break your heart
Whiteman, G. 12/2010 In: Journal of Management Inquiry. 19, 4, p. 328-337. 9 p.
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That which doesn't break us: identity work by local 'stakeholders'
Bruijn, E., Whiteman, G. 10/2010 In: Journal of Business Ethics. 96, 3, p. 479-495. 16 p.
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Business and biodiversity: they would say that with MK Dorsey and B Wittneben
Whiteman, G. 22/07/2010 In: Nature. 466, 7305, p. 435. 1 p.
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First you have to get outside: reflections on the ecological location of qualitative fieldwork
Whiteman, G. 06/2010 In: Organization and Environment. 23, 2, p. 119-131. 13 p.
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Business strategies for transitions towards sustainable systems
Loorbach, D., van Bakel, J.C., Whiteman, G., Rotmans, J. 02/2010 In: Business Strategy and the Environment. 19, 2, p. 133-146. 14 p.
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Recession watch: investing in the environment
Whiteman, G. 19/02/2009 In: Nature. 457, 2 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Exploring the geography of corporate philanthropic disaster response: a study of Fortune Global 500 firms
Muller, A., Whiteman, G. 02/2009 In: Journal of Business Ethics. 84, 4, p. 589-603. 15 p.
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All my relations: understanding perceptions of justice and conflict between companies and indigenour peoples
Whiteman, G. 01/2009 In: Organization Studies. 30, 1, p. 105-124. 20 p.
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"AIDS is not a business": a study in global corporate responsibility - securing access to low-cost HIV medications
Flanagan, W., Whiteman, G. 2009 In: Macromarketing. Sage p. 65-75. 10 p. ISBN: 9781848607040.

Social and ecological transitions: the case of winemaking in California
Whiteman, G., Guthey, G. 2009 In: Emergence: Complexity and Organization. p. 37-48. 11 p.
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Strong emotions at work
Whiteman, G., Müller, T., Johnson, J.M. 2009 In: Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. 4, 1, p. 46-61. 16 p.
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Beauty and the beast: an institutional analysis of corporate social responsibility in China
Whiteman, G., Krug, B. 2008 In: Journal of International Business Ethics. 1, 1, p. 36-51. 16 p.
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Through the looking glass: the role of fictional and semi-fictional narrative in organizational research (with N Phillips)
Whiteman, G., Phillips, N. 2008 In: Sage handbook of new and emerging approaches to management and organization. London : Sage p. 288-301. 13 p. ISBN: 9781412912181.

"AIDS is not a business": a study in global corporate social responsibility
Flanagan, W., Whiteman, G. 06/2007 In: Journal of Business Ethics. 73, 1, p. 65-75. 11 p.
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Exploracao de Florestas e a Situacao dos Povos Indigenas: j o exemplo problematico da empresa Samling, na Guiana
Whiteman, G. 2007 In: Responsabilidades Sociais. UNIME p. 191-220. 29 p.

Last words
Jolly, F., Whiteman, G. 03/2006 In: Human Relations. 59, 3, p. 443-444. 2 p.
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Sixty six ways to get it wrong: a response to Bannerjee & Linstead
Whiteman, G., Cooper, W.H. 03/2006 In: Human Relations. 59, 3, p. 409-427. 19 p.
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The multinational as minority investor: corporate social responsibilities/opportunities?
Whiteman, G. 2005 In: Ethics codes, corporations and the challenge of globalization. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar p. 212-241. 29 p. ISBN: 9781845421021.

The impact of economic development in James Bay: the Cree tallymen speak out
Whiteman, G. 12/2004 In: Organization and Environment. 17, 4, p. 425-448. 24 p.
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Bringing high latitude feedback and resilience into the corporate boardroom
Whiteman, G., Niemela, J., Forbes, B.C., Chapin, F.S. 2004 In: AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment . p. 371-376. 5 p.
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Forestry, gold mining and Amerindians: the troubling example of Samling in Guyana
Whiteman, G. 2004 In: International businesses and the challenges of poverty in the developing world. London : Palgrave Macmillan p. 181-205. 25 p. ISBN: 9781403921284. Electronic ISBN: 9780230522503.

Resilience and vulnerability of northern regions to social and environmental change
Whiteman, G., Chapin, F.S. 2004 In: AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment . p. 344-349. 6 p.
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Why are we talking inside?: reflecting on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and management research
Whiteman, G. 2004 In: Journal of Management Inquiry. 13, 3, p. 261-277. 17 p.
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Examining justice and conflict between mining companies and indigenous peoples: Cerro Colorado and the Ngabe-Bugle
Whiteman, G., Mamen, K. 2002 In: Journal of Business and Management. 8, 3, p. 293-310. 18 p.
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Meaningful consultation and participation in the mining sector?: a review of the consultation and participation of indigenous peoples within the international mining sector
Whiteman, G., Mamen, K. 2002 Ottawa : The North-South Institute. 132 p. ISBN: 1896770460.

Ecological embeddedness (with W H Cooper)
Whiteman, G., Cooper, W.H. 1/12/2000 In: Academy of Management Journal. 43, 6, p. 1265-1282. 17 p.
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Sustainability for the plant: a marketing perspective
Whiteman, G. 30/06/1999 In: Ecology and Society. 3, 1, 9 p.
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Sustainable development of the boreal forest: interaction of ecological, social and business feedbacks
Chapin, F.S., Whiteman, G. 12/1998 In: Ecology and Society. 2, 2, 15 p.
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Pursuing sustainable development: infrastructure and engineering
Whiteman, G., Brandum, S. 1998 In: Canadian Development Report 1998. The North-South Institute p. 98-108. 10 p. ISBN: 1896770177.

The corporate stake in social responsibility
Whiteman, G., Culpeper, R. 1998 In: Canadian Development Report 1998. The North-South Institute p. 13-34. 22 p.

Poems from James Bay
Whiteman, G. 06/1997 In: Organization and Environment. 10, 2, p. 186-193. 8 p.
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