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
Date Written: 2017
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.
• 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
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