Useful Publications: Business and Industry
Jon Dee (2015)
This free, easy-to-read guide shows you how to save costs and make your business more efficient.
- Talent, Transformation and the Triple Bottom Line: How companies can leverage human resources to achieve sustainable growth
Andrew Savitz and Karl Weber (2014)
Andrew Savitz is a former lead partner in Pricewaterhouse Cooper's sustainability group, Karl Weber wrote The Triple Bottom Line. Beginning with an in-depth case study of General Electric, this book is a valuable resource and roadmap for business leaders and HR professionals wanting to make their organisations more sustainable.
"The age of sustainability is here. Some companies, industries, and individual business people have done more than others to adapt to it and benefit from it. Now is the time for HR professionals to join the ongoing revolution – and, we hope, to lead their organizations to increasing success in the remarkably challenging, dynamic and exciting new world emerging around us."
"Circular business models will gain an ever greater competitive edge in the years to come because they create more value from each unit of resource than the traditional linear 'take-make-dispose' model." A circular economy provides a way of decoupling growth from resource constraints and enables a reconciliation between growth and economic participation with that of environmental prudence and equity. This report provides practical guidance on how businesses can capture the value of the circular economy.
The financial crisis has lifted the veil on capitalism, exposing its inherent frailties, but there is cause for hope. There is much good work going on, with people and organisations exploring new possibilities, in search of better forms of capitalism or a new economy – towards a fairer and more sustainable world.
- The New Sustainability Advantage: Seven Business Case Benefits of a Triple Bottom Line
A fully revised compelling business case for sustainability strategies, with seven easy-to-grasp bottom-line benefits that align with current evidence about the most significant sustainability-related contributors to profit.
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- Expect the Unexpected: Building business value in a changing world
A report from KPMG on how the state of the planet will affect the way business is done.
- Decoupling Natural Resource Use and Environmental Impacts from Economic Growth
This report presents clear facts and figures on resource flows worldwide. Consumption of natural resources is still rising rapidly, and this report outlines the issues that need to be addressed to decouple these material and energy flows from social and economic progress.
- Governance for Environmental Sustainability: The case for public private partnerships. Summary of research findings
Suzanne Benn, Andrew Martin and John Crawford (2011)
This research aimed to explore participant perceptions concerning the Sustainability Advantage Program, administered by the Business Partnerships Division of NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW). The specific focus of the research was on how partnerships between business and government can support the business case for sustainability in Australian organisations. The research was carried out under an ARC Linkage Grant LP 0668182, awarded to Prof Suzanne Benn and Prof Stuart White.
- A sensemaking approach to trade-offs and synergies between human and ecological elements of corporate sustainability
Tamsin Angus-Leppan, Suzanne Benn, Louise Young (2010) 'A sensemaking approach to trade-offs and synergies between human and ecological elements of corporate sustainability'. Business Strategy and the Environment, Volume 19, Issue 4.
ABSTRACT: This paper considers the complex relationships between the human and ecological elements of sustainability that exist in the minds of stakeholders and argues that a sensemaking approach allows these to be better understood and compared. This is supported by the results of a study, set in a financial institution, exploring the relationships between these non-financial elements of corporate sustainability. The viewpoints of middle management, branch and contact centre employees, executives, a community consultative council, suppliers and a community partner of a large Australian bank obtained in in-depth interviews are analysed and compared utilizing an innovative methodology of semantic analysis. We find that these stakeholders' perceptions of the human-ecological relationship differ by group, containing different mixes of trade-offs and synergies between the non-financial elements of corporate sustainability. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.
- Managing Industry-Academia Partnerships
Marita Naude, Margaret Nowak, Gail Thomas, Anna Lee Rowe (2010)
Volume 8, Number 3.
This paper addresses the complexity of industry-academia research partnerships which include students in tripartite management research activities. The benefit of this paper is two-fold. Firstly, it develops a framework, which seeks to bridge the experience gaps of all participants. Secondly, it seeks to evaluate the processes involved in developing a three-way partnership involving both academic and student participants with an industry partner in an action research (AR) project. The case used for the project aimed to facilitate the mutual development of knowledge and insights through the sharing of experiences among industry, academe and students in implementing AR in sustainability management. This paper evaluates that process from the perspective of what facilitated the three-way partnership in the context of the practice/research gaps and values divergences among the participants.
Although not all the findings from this case can be generalised, valuable lessons about the facilitation of a three-way learning partnership were learned and these lessons can be adapted and implemented to suit a particular context and time.
- Advancing Sustainability Through Innovation: A Co-Evolutionary Perspective
ABSTRACT: This article addresses the problem of how change and innovation can create a fuller voice for ecological interests in organizations and public policy, raising issues about change mechanisms at the institutional versus organizational level. First, it suggests that the newer, systems-based and inclusive approaches to organizational development practice and theory may overcome shortcomings of earlier approaches to planned change. Second, it argues that co-evolutionary approaches that use complex adaptive systems thinking will more effectively structure such third-generation interventions by focusing on issues at the institutional level. Third, the article examines a dialectical model of institutional change which incorporates activist input and channels conflict into innovative outcomes. Finally, it presents a case example of how a dialectical model combined with a co-evolutionary perspective could foster the institutional change required to facilitate the integration of ecological priorities into the human systems of organizations.
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- Leadership Styles and CSR Practice: An Examination of Sensemaking, Institutional Drivers and CSR Leadership
Angus-Leppan T, Metcalf L and Benn S (2009). ‘Leadership Styles and CSR Practice: An examination of sensemaking, institutional drivers and CSR leadership’. Published online October 2009. Journal of Business Ethics.
ABSTRACT: This article examines the explicit and implicit corporate social responsibility (CSR) framework and its implications for leadership style, in a major banking institution. Evidence for existence of the framework’s key concepts in relation to leadership styles was explored through the self-reported sensemaking of leaders charged with CSR programme introduction. Qualitative data analysis indicated that explicit CSR is linked to an autocratic leadership style, whereas implicit CSR is more closely aligned with emergent and authentic styles. Although our results reinforced key aspects of the explicit and implicit CSR framework, they demonstrated conflicting systems of both CSR and leadership within our case organisation and highlighted the difficulty in categorising such a complex concept as CSR according to specific frameworks. Overall, our data suggest that the leadership styles, needed to successfully implement explicit and implicit CSR programmes, are in conflict. Given our finding that these CSR systems can coincide within one organisation, we suggest that the debating style of transformational leadership may be the required linchpin.
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- Business Management and Environmental Stewardship
Staib, Robert (2009) Business Management and Environmental Stewardship: Environmental thinking as a prelude to management action, Palgrave Macmillan.
There is a need to integrate environmental issues with business management philosophies and practices. This is a book about environmental thinking as a prelude to management action. The author illuminates the environmental issues surrounding the individual organization, but also its contribution to the sector and natural environment.
- The Sustainable MBA: A Guide to Business Schools that are Making a Difference
The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education (2009)
This book presents an overview of leading MBA programs and how they are integrating social, ethical, and environmental impact into their academic and extracurricular offerings. This guide is a useful resource for those interested in how business education can help future leaders balance profits with wider societal concerns. Providing highlights on over 150 MBA programs located in 20-plus countries – including course offerings, activities, clubs, joint degrees, and career resources – this book would interest prospective business students interested in creating positive change in the world. This publication is also usefulfor any business professional or faculty practitioner who wants to gain an in-depth understanding of how academic institutions are preparing future business leaders to be champions of corporate citizenship and sustainability. www.aspeninstitute.org/publications/sustainable-mba-making-difference
- Spirituality and Corporate Social Responsibility
David Bubna-Litic (Editor) (2009) Gower ISBN-10: 0754647633 ISBN-13: 978-0754647638
This provocative book brings together a range of leading thinkers to consider the relationship between spirituality and corporate social responsibility. The book's contributors examine spirituality as an inherent aspect of corporate life even if it is only known through its absence – and through the negative consequences of this absence on people and the planet.
- Sustainable Branding: Sugar's Sweet Yield
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- Missing Link: Fallout from a Supply Chain Lapse
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- Organsational Change for Corporate Sustainability – 2nd Edition: A guide for leaders and change agents of the future
Dunphy D, Griffiths A & Benn S (2007) Routledge.
The sustainability of business, both economically and ecologically, is one of this century’s key debates. In this fully revised and updated edition of their ground-breaking study of organizational change and corporate sustainability, Dexter Dunphy, Andrew Griffiths and Suzanne Benn argue that there are important benefits to the corporation in making changes for sustainability, and that a sustainable world is only possible with the formation of creative alliances between corporations, citizens and governments.
Bringing together global issues of ecological sustainability, strategic human resource management, organizational change, corporate social responsibility, leadership and community renewal, this book develops a unified approach to corporate sustainability and sets out a fully integrated plan of action to bring about corporate change. Drawing on the most recent field research, and including detailed examples of incremental and transformational changes, it represents an invaluable, practical introduction for leaders, managers and policy makers, and for all students of management, sustainability, environmental studies or organizational studies.
- Corporate Governance and Sustainability: Challenges for Theory and Practice
Benn S and Dunphy D (Editors) (2007) Routledge
In recent years, as corporations and governments have increasingly been confronted with managing the expectations of a society newly alerted to the social and environmental risks of economic development, recognition is dawning that achieving a sustainable world is dependent upon the democratic management and equitable distribution of these risks for now, and for the future. This book, the first to explore the themes of corporate governance and sustainability, argues that a better system of governance on a number of levels holds the key.
Contributed to and edited by a distinguished international team, this book recognises the complex and contested nature of both sustainability and governance, and that these key concepts have been redefined considerably over time.
As sustainability poses new and major challenges for the theory and practice of corporate governance, this book, ideal for postgraduate students of business and management, identifies and addresses these challenges.
Part A: Introduction: Governance and Sustainability Challenges
* New Forms of Governance: Changing Relationships between Corporates, Government and Community
* Understanding Corporate Sustainability: Recognizing the Impact of Different Governance Systems
Part B: Limitations of Existing Models of Corporate Governance
* Why Corporate Governance Rankings do not Predict Future Value: Evidence from Toronto Stock Exchange Listings 2002-2005
* Synthesising Governance Themes from Political and Management Theory
* Towards a Definition of Governance for Sustainability: Networks, Shared Values and New Knowledge
* Financing Environmental Sustainability: A New Role for the Law
Part C: Redesigning Governance for Sustainability
* Sustainability in Paradigms and Practices at Board-level in Anglo American Plc
* Codes of Conducts as a Tool for Sustainable Governance in MNCs
* The Case of Governance for Sustainability at IAG
* The Civil Regulation of Corporations: Towards Stakeholder Democracy
* The Materiality of Sustainability: Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility as Instruments of Strategic Change?