Special Issue "Strategic Management for Sustainability: Imperatives and Paradoxes"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Joel I. Harmon
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Guest Editor
Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck NJ, USA
Interests: corporate social responsibility; sustainability strategy; sustainability and performance; sustainability mindsets; sustainability paradoxes
Dr. Gerard Farias
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Guest Editor
Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck NJ, USA
Interests: organizational/business transformation for a sustainable world; role of human values for sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Despite the increasing attention sustainability issues have been receiving in all sectors, key indicators suggests an alarmingly insufficient lack of progress. A climate-change crisis is even nearer than we thought. A “sixth extinction” is underway, with a million species on the verge of being lost forever. Significant losses of arable land endanger humanity’s ability to feed a growing world population. Our oceans are deeply threatened. Inequality is growing. Violence and human migration abound. Furthermore, a large portion of the business community seems disinterested—only a small percent of businesses worldwide currently participate in the UN Global Compact or the Global Reporting Initiative.
Perhaps the scholarly community can best contribute to reversing these alarming trends, by inspiring deeper thinking about what strategically managing for sustainability means. Perhaps we can help to generate novel, more powerful, strategic management models, processes, and practices capable of resolving the many sustainability dilemmas that will continue to challenge policy makers and business leaders into the foreseeable future, and for which traditional strategic management approaches seem inadequate.
We invite papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • The deeper meaning of responsible strategic management;
  • Causes and potential resolution of sustainability paradoxes;
  • Challenges and pathways to changing strategic management paradigms;
  • Comparative analysis of regional perspectives on strategic sustainability management;
  • Level of analysis issues in strategic sustainability management (e.g., firm, societal, and planetary);
  • Inter-organizational partnerships and networks for strategic sustainability management;
  • Leadership challenges for strategic sustainability management;
  • New strategic management processes and tools for sustainability;
  • Strategies for climate-crisis management;
  • Giving voice to unseen and voiceless stakeholders.

Prof. Joel Harmon
Dr. Gerard Farias
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • sustainability strategy
  • responsible strategic management
  • strategy paradigm shifts
  • sustainability leadership
  • climate-crisis management
  • silent stakeholders

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Norwegian Firms’ Green and New Industry Strategies: A Dual Challenge
Sustainability 2020, 12(1), 361; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010361 - 02 Jan 2020
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Today, there is strong pressure for firms, in Norway and abroad, to adopt green or sustainable strategies. Furthermore, many Norwegian firms, directly or indirectly dependent on the dominating but declining petroleum sector, face a further challenge as they have to enter new industries [...] Read more.
Today, there is strong pressure for firms, in Norway and abroad, to adopt green or sustainable strategies. Furthermore, many Norwegian firms, directly or indirectly dependent on the dominating but declining petroleum sector, face a further challenge as they have to enter new industries in search of market opportunities. We address these dual challenges and study how green and new industry strategies are a function of firm- and regional-level characteristics. Multilevel analyses of Norwegian survey data show that both green and new industry strategies are pursued by knowledge-intensive firms that are innovative and having interfirm innovation collaboration. Green strategies are pursued by large firms and firms localized in sparsely populated regions, but they are avoided by independent firms and firms having carried out layoffs. New industry strategies are pursued by small firms, firms with growth in employees, and firms having carried out mergers or acquisitions and cost reductions. Full article
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A Retrospective and Foresight: Bibliometric Review of International Research on Strategic Management for Sustainability, 1991–2019
Sustainability 2020, 12(1), 91; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010091 - 21 Dec 2019
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Over the past 30 years, scholars have been calling for modern management theory and research to consider how strategic management tools could be applied to enhance corporate sustainability. While strategic management for sustainability has emerged as a multidisciplinary field, the existing knowledge base [...] Read more.
Over the past 30 years, scholars have been calling for modern management theory and research to consider how strategic management tools could be applied to enhance corporate sustainability. While strategic management for sustainability has emerged as a multidisciplinary field, the existing knowledge base has yet to be systematic reviewed. This paper responded to the literature gap by conducting a bibliometric review of strategic management for sustainability. The paper aimed to document the landscape and composition of this literature through the analysis of 988 relevant Scopus-indexed documents. Data analyses found that the strategic management for sustainability knowledge base remained an emergent field with increasing interests from diverse groups of international scholars in various fields, particularly in environmental science, engineering, and strategic business management. Over the past three decades, the literatures have been continuously grown from a few publications in the early 1990s to almost 1000 documents to date. The review found that the most influential journals and authors of this knowledge base were international in scope but predominately from Western developed countries. Five Schools of Thought from author co-citation analysis revealed the intellectual clustering composition of the knowledge base on strategic management for sustainability: corporate sustainability strategy, sustainable waste management, strategic sustainability systems, strategic sustainability management and entrepreneurship, and sustainability assessment strategy. Key topics addressed in this research include the distribution of documents across the most highly cited journals, reflecting the breadth, quality and influential scholars in the strategic management for sustainability knowledge domain, naming of the influential scholars in the field and identification of contemporary foci and research front in the existing literature through the keyword co-occurrence analysis and co-word map. The strategic management for sustainability field has evolved from the key topics related to the green movement at the policy-driven macro level (i.e., ecological or environmental protection/impact, water/waste management and natural resource conservation) to the practicality in organizations with the topics related to social strategic responsibility and business management issues (i.e., corporate strategy, project management, supply chain management, information management, adaptive management, corporate sustainability). In addition to a retrospective, insightful prospective interpretation, practical implication, limitations and future research direction are discussed. Full article
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