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A Two-dimensional, Two-level Framework for Achieving Corporate Sustainable Development: Assessing the Return on Sustainability Initiatives

Wu, Lin, Subramanian, Nachiappan, Angappa, Gunasekaran, Muhammad, Abdulrahman, Pawar, Kulwant Singh, Doran, D. (2018) A Two-dimensional, Two-level Framework for Achieving Corporate Sustainable Development: Assessing the Return on Sustainability Initiatives. Business Strategy and the Environment, 27 (8). pp. 1117-1130. ISSN 0964-4733. (doi:10.1002/bse.2055) (KAR id:66064)

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Abstract

Sustainability studies in operations management have reported the positive effects of lean, green, and social management systems on various dimensions of a firm’s sustainability performance. However, despite its high importance and relevance, the time dimension of sustainability has not been systematically considered. This paper re-categorizes the well-identified sustainability initiatives based on a time dimension and empirically validates the categorization. Structural equation modeling (SEM) analyses were performed using data collected from 284 Chinese automotive firms. The results suggest that various lean and reactive green practices can be categorized as “short-term sustainability initiatives” because the effects of implementing these practices can be seen in a short period of time. Specifically, the benefits of implementing short-term sustainability initiatives can be further strengthened and reinforced in the long run by implementing corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices. In addition, our findings also demonstrate that to fully realize the potential associated with CSR practices, firms need to be long-term oriented and adopt a wait and watch approach.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/bse.2055
Uncontrolled keywords: Sustainability/sustainable development, sustainability performance measurement, structural equation modeling (SEM)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Analytics, Operations and Systems
Depositing User: Desmond Doran
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2018 15:50 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2021 13:50 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/66064 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Doran, D.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6444-8758
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