Environmental Scanning and Sustainable Development

Environmental Scanning and Sustainable Development

Edited by

Nicolas Lesca, IAE, Université Pierre Mendès France, Grenoble, France

ISBN : 9781848212848

Publication Date : May 2011

Hardcover 320 pp

127.00 USD



This book explores the relationship between strategic scanning and sustainable development. It questions the utility, characteristics and implementation of sustainable scanning, in other words orientated towards sustainable development.

The first six chapters explore the concepts and characteristics of the notion of sustainable scanning. These chapters all offer answers to the questions: “what is sustainable scanning?”, “what new issues does it raise in terms of practice and management science?”, “who is involved?”, and “what forms can it take?”
The four following chapters explore the concepts, tools and methods that could be useful to players wishing to develop their sustainable scanning ability. These chapters all try to offer a few answers to the question “how can we carry out sustainable scanning?”

This book will be of interest to anyone studying Business and Management at a Masters or PhD level, as well as researchers in Management Science or managers and companies concerned with strategic scanning and/or sustainable development.


1. Sustainable development: a vague and ambiguous "theory", Yvon Pesqueux.
2. Parameters and particularities of sustainable development-oriented strategic scanning, Marie-Laurence Caron-Fasan.
3. Sustainable development of large network service companies: inhabiting territories via middle managers, strategic scanners, Alain Charles Martinet, Marielle Audrey Payaud.
4. Small business and sustainable development, Michel Marchesnay.
5. Human resources scaning: a tool for the implementation of sustainable development?, Marie-Christine Chalus-Sauvannet.
6. Sustainable scanning in a network: an ambitious project for company/territory synergies creation, Magalie Marais, Solange Hernandez and Olivier Keramidas.
7. The greenhouse gas inventory: a scanning tool in the fight against climate change, Odile Blanchard.
8. Targeting "sustainable scanning": a methodology based on logistics and supply chain management, Nathalie Fabbe-Costes, Christine Roussat and Jacques Colin.
9. Our actions and projects, their risks and impact on the environment: using the weak signal to explore unforeseen and unexpected possibilities, Nicolas Lesca.
10. Sustainable chemistry and weak signals: CO2 as a raw material to value, Humbert Lesca.

About the authors/editors

Nicolas Lesca is Associate Professor at the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises of Grenoble University in France.