Corporate Sustainability and Inclusive Development: Highlights from International Business and Management Research

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (2017), doi: 10.1016/j.cosust.2017.01.003

Posted: 6 Jan 2021

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Arno Kourula

University of Amsterdam Business School

Niccolò Pisani

IMD

Ans Kolk

University of Amsterdam Business School

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Sustainability has attracted increasing attention from business scholars as corporations have started to take more responsibility for their environmental, social, and development impacts. In this review, we focus on the latest sustainability-related research published in the international business and management (IM) field and explore the links with inclusive development in three ways. First, we introduce the concept of sustainability as perceived in the corporate realm. Second, we review key features of the most recent sustainability studies published in IM journals and analyze the degree to which these works have combined and elaborated upon the different components of inclusive development. Third, we discuss the role of IM research in sustainability science and the potential for interdisciplinary work with other academic fields.

Highlights:
• Our analysis shows the emergence of an inclusive development research agenda in IM.
• IM has studied the environment and labor, not human wellbeing and empowerment.
• IM is more developed-country oriented, without really questioning economic growth.
• SDGs 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 14, 15, and 16 have received limited attention in IM thus far.
• IM can contribute many insights on firms and their peculiarities to other fields.

Keywords: Sustainability, sustainable development goals (SDGs), corporate sustainability, inclusive development, international business

JEL Classification: D21, D22, D63, D74, E61, F18, F23, F35, F53, F63, F64, H77, K33, M14, M16

Suggested Citation

Kourula, Arno and Pisani, Niccolò and Kolk, Ans, Corporate Sustainability and Inclusive Development: Highlights from International Business and Management Research (2017). Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (2017), doi: 10.1016/j.cosust.2017.01.003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3747005

Arno Kourula

University of Amsterdam Business School ( email )

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Niccolò Pisani

IMD ( email )

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CH-1001 Lausanne
Switzerland

HOME PAGE: http://www.imd.org/faculty/professors/pisani-niccolo/

Ans Kolk (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam Business School ( email )

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Amsterdam, 1018 TV
Netherlands
+31 20 525 4289 (Phone)
+31 20 525 5281 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.anskolk.eu

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