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A Research Agenda for Sustainability and Business

9781839107702 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Sally V. Russell, Professor of Sustainability and Organisational Behaviour and Rory W. Padfield, Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK
Publication Date: February 2023 ISBN: 978 1 83910 770 2 Extent: c 208 pp
How businesses can and are acting to redress social and environmental issues is a question of growing academic interest. Bringing together a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, this insightful Research Agenda evaluates the current state of the art of sustainability and business and assesses key challenges for the field.

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How businesses can and are acting to redress social and environmental issues is a question of growing academic interest. Bringing together a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, this insightful Research Agenda evaluates the current state of the art of sustainability and business and assesses key challenges for the field.

Multidisciplinary chapters provide instrumental, economic, network and political perspectives on issues that are crucial in gaining insight into sustainability challenges facing businesses today, from socially responsible consumption behaviours and organisational resilience to climate change and sustainability transitions in extractive industries. Its diverse contributions highlight the breadth and depth of analyses and perspectives that are necessary to set a dynamic agenda for future research on sustainability and business. Advancing novel research questions and methodologies, the editors illustrate the path ahead for carrying out research that impacts the science and practice of business and sustainability, as well as creating meaningful change for our species and planet.

Offering an advanced yet accessible introduction to the current state and future direction of sustainability and business, this incisive Research Agenda will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars of business, sustainability studies, and environment studies. Its practical insights will also benefit MBA students and business executives moving into sustainability.

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‘This timely collection offers a comprehensive review of interdisciplinary scholarship in sustainable business, alongside a future agenda for progressing research on multiple themes. An essential reference point for undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers wishing to contribute to this increasingly important field of inquiry.’
– Josephine Mylan, University of Manchester, UK

‘Sustainability asks profound questions of contemporary businesses that cannot be answered through business-as-usual approaches, economists’ tendency to assume away unfortunate things, or by analyses limited to individual firms. This book resets the business and sustainability research agenda through a refreshingly multi-level perspective on key issues including supply-chains, post-pandemic resilience, degrowth and low-carbon transitions. A must-read to grasp the challenging future now unfolding for business.’
– Ken Peattie, Cardiff University, UK

‘Despite the wide use of Brundtland's 1987 definition of sustainability, the term continues to be understood differently by different actors. The editors have assembled an impressive collection of thinkers across different supply chains and governance regimes to highlight the gaps in our current understandings on how sustainability is understood and operationalised within the corporate sphere. With a good balance of conceptual chapters and case studies, this book will serve both generalist and specialist scholars alike.’
– Helena Varkkey, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Contributors
Contributors include: Ralf Barkemeyer, Zahra Borghei Ghomi, Layla Branicki, Steve Brammer, Christian Bretter, Jo Cutter, Ning Lu Phani Kumar Chintakayala, Alexandra Dales, Timothy Devinney, Paul Francisco, Samuel Howard, Katariina Koistinen, Dunja Krause, Martina K Linnenluecke, Marileena Mäkelä, Suzana Matoh, Jyoti Mishra, Iana Nesterova, Alesia Ofori, Tiina Onkila, Alice Owen, Rory Padfield, Effie Papargyropoulou, Rebecca Pieniazek, Jonatan Pinkse, Ben Robra, Katy Roelich, Sally V. Russell, Laura Smith, Thomas Smith, Kari Solomon, Satu Teerikangas, Vera Trappmann, Kerrie L. Unsworth, James Van Alstine, Chee Yew Wong, William Young, Qinghua Zhu
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