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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; Gunasekaran, Angappa; Pawar, Kulwant; Doran, Des; Dan‐Asabe Abdulrahman, Muhammad

Authors

LIN WU LIN.WU@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Assistant Professor in Operatiosmanagement

Nachiappan Subramanian

Angappa Gunasekaran

KULWANT PAWAR KUL.PAWAR@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Operations Management

Des Doran

Muhammad Dan‐Asabe Abdulrahman



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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2018-12
Journal Business Strategy and the Environment
Print ISSN 0964-4733
Electronic ISSN 1099-0836
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 8
Pages 1117-1130
APA6 Citation Wu, L., Subramanian, N., Gunasekaran, A., Pawar, K., Doran, D., & Dan‐Asabe Abdulrahman, M. (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), 1117-1130. doi:10.1002/bse.2055
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.2055
Keywords Sustainability/sustainable development, sustainability performance measurement, structural equationmodeling (SEM)
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/bse.2055
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article, which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.w...i/abs/10.1002/bse.2055. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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