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Multinational Enterprises and the Challenge of Sustainable Development

Edited by John R. McIntyre, Professor & Executive Director, CIBER, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, US, Silvester Ivanaj, Associate Professor, ICN Business School, Nancy–Metz and Member of CEREFIGE and Vera Ivanaj, Associate Professor, Université de Lorraine and Member of CEREFIGE, France
Transnational corporations play a role in the design, diffusion, and consolidation of sustainable development in the context of globalization and multinational firms. In this timely book European and American contributors analyze this role and explore the complex and dynamic phenomena of economic, political, cultural and legal interactions involved.
Extent: 352 pp
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Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84844 413 3
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  • Business and Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Management and Sustainability
  • Environment
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Environmental Management
Transnational corporations play a role in the design, diffusion, and consolidation of sustainable development in the context of globalization and multinational firms. In this timely book European and American contributors analyze this role and explore the complex and dynamic phenomena of economic, political, cultural and legal interactions involved.

In order to understand this interplay, the authors examine the practices and organizational behaviors used by multinationals in sustainable development. They also discuss the evolving concepts that multinationals hold about sustainable development and corporate social responsibility and how companies reaffirm these philosophies through their strategy and organizational practices such as human resource development, marketing, supply chain, information technology, law, and communications. The authors outline an approach to help identify the key details and motivating factors in decision making.

Scholars, students and policy analysts in the fields of business, ecology, economic development and developmental economics and consultants focusing in corporate planning and strategic analysis will find this original collection of great value.
Contributors: A. Abdul-Gafaru, K. Afriyie, M.-P. Arzelier, P. Bardelli, M. Bayad, S.M. Beheiry, M. Bénédic, M. Bourguiba, C.T. Crespy, P. Christmann, S. Ivanaj, V. Ivanaj, J. Koehl, M.L.-L. Lam, J. Lefevre, Y. Masson-Franzil, J.R. McIntyre, V.V. Miller, M. Pastore-Chaverot, S. Peney, B. Philipp, T. Sagafi-nejad, C. Schmitt, E.G. Schumacher, G. Suder, G. Taylor
Contents:

Introduction

PART I: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORKS
1. Multinational Enterprises and Sustainable Development: A Review of Strategy Process Research
Vera Ivanaj and John R. McIntyre

2. The UN Galaxy, Transnational Corporations and Sustainable Development
Tagi Sagafi-nejad

3. Are Multinational Corporations Compatible with Sustainable Development? The Experience of Developing Countries
Abdulai Abdul-Gafaru

4. Sustainable Development and Resource-based Foreign Direct Investment in Developing Economies: Models of Corporate Production Behavior
Kofi Afriyie

5. Of Butterflies and Hummingbirds: Industrial Ecology ‘On the Wing’
Van V. Miller and Charles T. Crespy

6. Multinationals and the Challenge of Sustainable Development: Knowledge in Cooperative Networks
Mohamed Bayad, Michaël Bénédic, Malek Bourguiba and Christophe Schmitt

7. The Future of Sustainable Development and MNEs: A Diffusion Framework
Jonathan Lefevre and Gabriele Suder

PART II: STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS AND ASSESSMENT
8. Multinationals’ Sustainable Supply Chains and Influence on Suppliers Inside and Outside the USA: A Comparative Approach
Bernd Philipp

9. Sustainability Metrics for Multinational Corporations – Greater Profits and a More Sustainable World
Salwa M. Beheiry

10. Assessing the Sustainable Development Commitment of European MNEs
Silvester Ivanaj, Jacky Koehl, Sandrine Peney and E. Günter Schumacher

PART III: DISCOURSE AND BEST PRACTICES
11. Understanding the Self-regulation Potential of Voluntary International Initiatives for Corporate Conduct: The Role of Sponsor Goals
Glen Taylor and Petra Christmann

12. Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility of Multinational Enterprises in China
Maria Lai-Ling Lam

13. The Discourses and Practices of Corporate Social Responsibility as a New Component of the Strategies of Multinational Companies: An Illustration with French Multinational Companies
Pierre Bardelli and Manuela Pastore-Chaverot

14. International Supply Chain Management: Lever for Sustainable Development? An Analysis of Discourses and Applications
Yvette Masson-Franzil

15. The Search for a Sustainable Approach to Traditional French Wine Production in the Face of Competition from Multinational Companies
Marie-Pierre Arzelier

Index