Handbook on the Business of Sustainability


Handbook on the Business of Sustainability

The Organization, Implementation, and Practice of Sustainable Growth

9781839105333 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Gerard George, Michael Brown Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, McDonough School of Business and Director of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, Georgetown University, Martine R. Haas, Lauder Chair Professor and Professor of Management, The Wharton School, and Director of the Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies, University of Pennsylvania, US, Havovi Joshi, Director, Centre for Management Practice, Singapore Management University, Singapore, Anita M. McGahan, University Professor and George E. Connell Chair in Organizations and Society, University of Toronto, Canada and Paul Tracey, Professor of Innovation and Organization, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK and Professor of Entrepreneurship, Department of Management and Marketing, University of Melbourne, Australia
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 83910 533 3 Extent: 608 pp
This ground-breaking Handbook uniquely focuses on the business of sustainability, offering a fresh insight and practical solutions to the challenges that businesses face in making human activity sustainable. It is organized into four distinctive themes that cut across levels of analysis and illustrate a rich set of solution contexts that will guide future research.

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This ground-breaking Handbook uniquely focuses on the business of sustainability, offering a fresh insight and practical solutions to the challenges that businesses face in making human activity sustainable. It is organized into four distinctive themes that cut across levels of analysis and illustrate a rich set of solution contexts that will guide future research.
The Handbook on the Business of Sustainability offers a comprehensive review of research and empirical evidence on sustainable business, exploring the importance of private sector engagement and implementation. World leading scholars cover the key areas such as organization, execution and the measurement of outcomes and social impact. The insightful case studies also provide critical context and complement the chapters highlighting emerging practices and solutions for the successful application of sustainability initiatives in business.
The Handbook will be an invaluable resource for academics, practitioners, and policymakers to reflect on the ‘concept and practice’ of articulating and strategizing in order to achieve sustainability targets.
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‘Sustainability in business is complex because of the interdependencies and interconnectedness to other elements of the firm’s core business. The Handbook on the Business of Sustainability is a compilation of chapters that constitute a “call to action” on the business aspects of sustainable growth. It brings forward novel concepts to help businesses think through the critical issues. I have no doubt it will be an invaluable resource to academics, practitioners, and policymakers.’
– Erika H. James, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, US

‘Sustainable growth is perhaps the single most important issue facing humanity. Management research is yet to comprehensively map out the opportunities for business. In this Handbook of sustainable business, George, Haas, Joshi, McGahan and Tracey have convened the leading scholarly voices. This book will undoubtedly become a key reference for business and sustainable growth.’
– Mauro F. Guillen, Cambridge Judge Business School, UK

‘This Handbook brings together over 70 prominent thought leaders on sustainability, and provides a much needed framework that simplifies the complexity of sustainable business into four clear themes: (1) organizing for sustainability, (2) implementing sustainable development, (3) sustainability in practice, and (4) measuring outcomes and social impact. The Handbook will certainly generate discussion and trigger the next generation of ideas and research evidence to guide businesses.’
– Sarah A. Soule, Stanford Graduate School of Business, US
Contributor: E. Aguirre, J. Amacker, J. Battilana, J. Brenton, T. Bünder, S. Cabral, M. Cascadden, A.M. Cordero, M. Darlington, C. Donovan, S. Dorobantu, R. Durand, S. Edgar, A.B. Eisingerich, E. Embry, D. Fernandez, M. Fomicov, T. Gapp, C. Gartenberg, A. Gatignon, J. Gehman, P. Georgallis, G. George, T. Geradts, R. Gieré, M. Grimes, A. Gupte, M. Haas, A.J. Hoffman, J. Howard-Grenville, C.-W. Huynh, J. Jansen, S.A. Jarvis, P.D. Jennings, H. Joshi, D. Jue-Rajasingh, I. Kivleniece, P.G. Klein, Z. Knight, C.T. Kulik, M. Larsen, G.G. Lazzarini, B.H. Lee, M.P. Lee, H. Liang, A. Lovegrove, J. Mair, I. Maldonado-Bautista, A.M. McGahan, T. Menkhoff, R.K. Merrill, L. Nardi, K. Odziemkowska, A. Ostrovnaya, K. Park, S. Perera, M. Pournader, N. Rathert, J. Roehrich, S. Sandhu, S.J.D. Schillebeeckx, V. Sharif, J. Siegel, P.J. Singh, N. Slawinski, N. Stott, J. Struben, P. Tracey, J. Yen, J.G. York, S. Yuqing Li


1 Introduction to the business of sustainability: an organizing framework
for theory, practice and impact
Gerard George, Martine R. Haas, Havovi Joshi, Anita M. McGahan
and Paul Tracey 2

2 Purpose-driven companies and sustainability 24
Claudine Gartenberg
3 Legitimacy judgments and prosociality: organizational purpose explained 42
Rodolphe Durand and Chang-Wa Huynh
4 Stakeholder governance: aligning stakeholder interests on complex
sustainability issues 62
Sinziana Dorobantu, Abhishek Gupte and Sam Yuqing Li
5 Entrepreneurship, sustainability, and stakeholder theory 83
Peter G. Klein and Ileana Maldonado-Bautista
6 Firm–NGO collaborations for sustainability: a comparative research agenda 99
Kate Odziemkowska
7 Partnerships and place: the role of community enterprise in cross-sector
work for sustainability 117
Neil Stott, Michelle Darlington, Jennifer Brenton and Natalie Slawinski

8 Organizational culture for sustainability 137
Jennifer Howard-Grenville and Tirza Gapp
9 Paradoxical tensions in business sustainability: how corporations
develop sustainable ventures 151
Thijs Geradts and Justin Jansen
10 Gender equality in organizations: the dynamics of space 169
Carol T. Kulik, Sukhbir Sandhu, Sanjeewa Perera and Sarah A. Jarvis
11 Sustainability for people and the planet: placing workers at the center of sustainability research 188
Julie Yen, Julie Battilana and Emilie Aguirre
12 Sustainability science and corporate cleanup in community fields: the
translation, resistance and integration process model 214
P. Devereaux Jennings, Maggie Cascadden and Andrew J. Hoffman
13 Entrepreneurs as essential but missing actors in the Sustainable
Development Goals 232
Elizabeth Embry, Jeffrey G. York and Stacey Edgar
14 Sustainable entrepreneurship under market uncertainty: opportunities,
challenges and impact 251
Brandon H. Lee, Panayiotis (Panikos) Georgallis and Jeroen Struben

15 Towards a more sustainable cement and concrete industry 273
Reto Gieré
16 Understanding firm- and field-level change toward sustainable
development: insights from the pharmaceutical industry and access to
medicines, 1960‒2020 300
Tobias Bünder, Nikolas Rathert and Johanna Mair
17 Can businesses truly create shared value? A healthcare case study of
value creation and appropriation 320
Prakash J. Singh and Mehrdokht (Medo) Pournader
18 Increasing employment pathways for returning citizens in Washington,
DC: the Georgetown University Pivot Program 331
Alyssa Lovegrove
19 Conflicting institutional logics as a safe space for collaboration: action
research in a reforestation NGO 343
Simon J.D. Schillebeeckx and Ryan K. Merrill
20 Smart cities: a review of managerial challenges and a framework for
future research 360
Thomas Menkhoff
21 A road to preserving biodiversity: understanding psychological demand
drivers of illegal wildlife products 390
Vian Sharif and Andreas B. Eisingerich
22 Transition finance: a new framework for managing funding to
carbon-intensive firms 405
Anastasiya Ostrovnaya, Milica Fomicov, Charles Donovan, Zoe Knight and
Jonathan Amacker

23 Impact assessment and measurement with sustainable development goals 423
Hao Liang, David Fernandez and Mikkel Larsen
24 Becoming a generalized specialist: a strategic model for increasing your
organization’s SDG impact while minimizing externalities 438
Kendall Park, Matthew G. Grimes and Joel Gehman
25 Impact measurement tools and social value creation: a strategic perspective 458
Leandro Nardi, Sergio G. Lazzarini and Sandro Cabral
26 Creating and distributing sustainable value through public–private
collaborative projects 473
Jens K. Roehrich and Ilze Kivleniece
27 Scaling up collaboration for social impact: the governance and design
of corporate–nonprofit partnerships 500
Aline Gatignon
28 Addressing the market failures of environmental health products 516
Diana Jue-Rajasingh and Jordan Siegel
29 When money fails to talk: unintended consequences of using monetary
incentives to elicit sustainable behaviours 543
Michelle P. Lee
30 Greenwashing through compliance to renewable portfolio standards 561
Arkangel M. Cordero and Wesley D. Sine

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