A Research Agenda for Sustainability and Business


A Research Agenda for Sustainability and Business

9781035347346 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Sally V. Russell, Professor of Sustainability and Organisational Behaviour, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds and Visiting Professor, Umeå School of Business and Economics, Umeå University, Sweden and Rory W. Padfield, Associate Professor in Sustainability and Business, University of Leeds, UK and Visiting Researcher, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Publication Date: August 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03534 734 6 Extent: 270 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 include: Ralf Barkemeyer, Zahra Borghei Ghomi, Steve Brammer, Layla Branicki, Christian Bretter, Phani Kumar Chintakayala, Jo Cutter, Alexandra Dales, Timothy Devinney, Paul Francisco, Samuel Howard, Katariina Koistinen, Dunja Krause, Martina K. Linnenluecke, Ning Lu, 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

1 An introduction to A Research Agenda for
Sustainability and Business 1
Sally V. Russell, Rory W. Padfield and Christian Bretter
2 Sustainability agency in business: an
interdisciplinary review and research agenda 19
Tiina Onkila, Satu Teerikangas, Katariina
Koistinen and Marileena Mäkelä
3 A critical review of the socially responsible consumer 37
Ning Lu, Phani Kumar Chintakayala, Timothy
Devinney, William Young and Ralf Barkemeyer
4 Examining both organisational environmental
sustainability & organisational resilience:
sketching an initial framework 53
Kerrie L. Unsworth and Rebecca Pieniazek
5 Just transition: the tension between work,
employment and climate change 69
Jo Cutter, Vera Trappmann and Dunja Krause
6 Business models for sustainability: the current
state of the literature and future research directions 85
Suzana Matoh, Katy Roelich and Jonatan Pinkse
7 A research agenda for green supply chain management 103
Chee Yew Wong and Qinghua Zhu
8 Researching business and sustainability in specific
sectors: the example of the construction industry 119
Alice Owen and Paul Francisco
9 A research agenda for the extractive industries
and the low carbon transition 135
Laura Smith, James Van Alstine and Alesia Ofori
10 Business sustainability in SMEs: towards an
Afrocentric research agenda 153
Samuel Howard Quartey
11 Sustainability management tools: value of
reporting and assurance 167
Kari Solomon, Sally V. Russell and Effie Papargyropoulou
12 Digital disruption: towards a research agenda for
sustainability and business in a digital world 185
Rory W. Padfield, Alexandra Dales, Jyoti Mishra
and Thomas Smith
13 Resilience in times of crisis: lessons learnt from
COVID-19, and the future resilience of businesses
and society 205
Zahra Borghei Ghomi, Layla Branicki, Stephen
Brammer and Martina K. Linnenluecke
14 The need to align research on economic
organisations with degrowth 217
Ben Robra and Iana Nesterova

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