International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development (34 papers in press)
Sustainability of Environmentally Sound Technologies using Interpretive Structural Modeling
by Abhishek Behl, Abhinav Pal
Abstract: The rapidly growing Indian economy has transformed into a sustainable arena where every player needs to contribute to maintain the equilibrium. Sustainable practices by organizations have contributed towards development. There is a limited contribution from individuals towards the same. This study aims at exploring the key barriers which lead to a limited contribution from individuals residing in rural areas. The limited study in the area of Environmentally Sound Technology(EST) in rural India makes it important as the results could be generalized for a larger community. The barriers found out are diverse ranging from awareness of EST to humanitarian supply chain. The study uses Interpretive Structural Modeling technique to understand the barriers from the individuals perspective. The study projects to build a conceptual framework with linkages between the barriers. The linkages helped in understanding the flow of association between the barriers which would help in dealing with them in a structured approach. The results signify that awareness and perception of individuals towards these technologies are the prime reasons of discontinuity in contributing towards a sustainable supply chain. It was also found out that tradeoff between conventional technologies and EST was not balanced. Public private partnership in launching these technologies in rural areas is a missing link found out from the research. The results give a fairly clear picture in understanding the barriers and their hierarchy. Therefore, the results will interest both private and public sector in enhancing the diffusion of these green technologies in rural areas. The results give clear directions to each of the stakeholders to understand their role wherever required in bridging the missing links in the sustainable supply chain. The study is related to Indian context which restricts generalizing them for every country. A similar study can be performed for other countrys perspective as well.
Keywords: Sustainability; Environment Sound Technology; Interpretive Structural Modeling; Rural; India.
Technological strategies and sustainable management for small businesses in the Brazilian innovation context
by Mariza Almeida, Branca Terra
Abstract: Company innovation strategy and sustainable development are two related conceptual areas in the study of innovation management. The aim in this paper is to study the technological strategies and sustainable management of innovative small businesses, in the biotechnology, oil, pharmaceutical and shipbuilding sectors, within the Brazilian innovation context, in order to identify companies characteristics, technological strategies used, the innovation policy instruments utilized, the partnerships developed, the sustainability management priority and the main protagonists. The results show that the innovation context can influence the development of enterprises, through a variety of factors, such as the institutional environment, the characteristics of the economic sector, sustainability management and established networks that affect the decision making and growth of these companies.
Keywords: Technology strategy; sustainable strategy; sustainability; small business; start-up; spin-off; small business strategy; company innovation strategy; innovation strategy; small business innovation strategy; innovation management; technology management; sustainable management; Brazil.
Adoption of Innovation in Agriculture: A Critical Review of Economic and Psychological Models
by Joao Augusto Rossi Borges, Alfons G.J.M. Oude Lansink, Grigorios Emvalomatis
Abstract: Two main models have been used to analyze farmers decisions to adopt an innovation; the first is based on the concept of utility maximization (UM) and the second is based on the theory of planned behavior (TPB). This study uses a vote-count method to identify the effect of different variables on farmers adoption decisions in 36 studies using either UM or the TPB. Results from the UM studies show that the explanatory variables mostly have an insignificant effect on the adoption decision. When the effects are significant, the sign of the effect is inconsistent across studies. Results from the TPB studies show that correlations between the psychological constructs used in this type of model are significant in most cases. However, most variables are only used in one or two studies and it is therefore not possible to detect a clear pattern across studies that used the TPB model.
Keywords: Adoption; Farmer; Innovation; Utility; Theory of reasoned action; Theory of planned behavior.
The Global Water Security: an approach for multilevel governance on hydric resources
by Kleverton Carvalho
Abstract: Water has been ranked first among the top five global risks in terms of social impact. Yet the vision of water as a sustainability variable has lost strength to the detriment of the security concept. This paper proposes an approach of global water governance based on water security (WS) to respond to the increasing water shortage on the planet. The method involved the usage of qualitative procedures, the analysis of regulatory documents related to international water management, and the interviews of five experts within the management and regulation sectors. The process was useful in determining five main scopes and to articulate the framework to promote WS: first - risk as water management paradigms; second - review of the international regulatory framework and creation of a United Nation specialized agency for WS; third - transversal link for WS between different actors; fourth - applying WS mechanisms in river basins; fifth - adoption of new analytical methods.
Keywords: Global risk; water security; governance; international regulatory; actors; methods; mechanisms.
Technological Parks in the State of Paran
by Paulo Yamamoto, Aparecido Coutinho
Abstract: In the Brazilian case, innovation, entrepreneurship and technological development are relevant and should be balanced through social effort and mobilization. Governments, universities and businesses have made many efforts to encourage innovation in Brazil. The number of incubators and technology parks has experienced significant growth, more than doubling in the first decade of the millennium. The State of Paran
Keywords: technology parks; sustainability; innovation; development; Paraná State; Brazil.
Sustainable supply chains, corporate constitutionalisation and human rights: a multiple case study on the 10 biggest companies in Brazil
by João Amato-Neto, Lucas Fucci Amato
Abstract: This paper aims at discussing, in the light of a transdisciplinary bibliographic review and a multiple case study, the possibilities and practices related to corporate human rights obligations, in the systemic approach of sustainable supply chains and subcontracting networks. International and national legal obligations are focused, besides the institutional and procedural structures designed in self-regulation. As an illustration, guidelines and codes of the 10 biggest companies operating in Brazil are analyzed concerning the statement of values, duties of suppliers, duties concerning human rights, mechanisms, institutions and procedures of due diligence, accountability and enforcement. The conclusion points out that the mechanisms of corporate responsibility concerning human rights are, in general, poor in relation to the provisions of rights and also insufficient in the procedures and structures for implementing and monitoring the compliance through the entire supply chain.
Keywords: sustainable supply chains; human rights; corporate social responsibility.
Dynamics of Technological Change: Nuclear Energy and Electric Vehicles in France
by Abdelkrim Doufene, Afreen Siddiqi, Olivier De Weck
Abstract: Technological change is shaped by a confluence of processes that are governed by socio-political, economic, and regulatory factors within a region. In this paper, the authors present a theoretical framework to describe the dynamics of technology change. Based on a qualitative modeling approach, the authors employ concepts from literature on innovation, technology adoption, and technological change, and map reinforcing and retarding cycles of processes of innovation. The way these processes (or functions) are interconnected and combined hinders or enables the overall success of technology diffusion and shapes the long-term outcome for the new technology. The authors develop the framework with examples of energy systems in UK and UAE, and apply the model to examine two cases of nuclear power and electric vehicles in France. They highlight the role as well as limits of policy in initiating and sustaining reinforcing cycles for new technology diffusion and can provide a basis for forming expectations about emerging technologies.
Keywords: functions of innovation; technological change; energy-transportation nexus; nuclear energy; electric vehicles; sustainable development; lock-in; technology policy.
Faculty motivation as a key for integrating sustainable development in Higher Education curricula
by Taiga Brahm, Patrizia Kühner
Abstract: The systematic integration of sustainable development into Higher Education curricula remains a challenge for many universities. Among other barriers, faculty motivation to include sustainable development into their courses seems to be crucial. At the same time, empirical research regarding faculty motivation in the context of sustainable development is missing. Based on the motivational systems theory, this paper aims to provide a literature review on faculty motivation and to empirically investigate facultys motivation through opinions of 20 workshop participants and interviews with six faculty members. Results include facultys motivators as well as obstacles to integrate sustainable development into their curricula. The research contributes to the theory of integrating sustainable development into Higher Education. From a practical viewpoint, it also provides insights into possible support measures for faculty.
Keywords: sustainable development; faculty; motivation; faculty development; higher education; university.
Impact of Social Supply Chain Practices on Social Sustainability Performance in Manufacturing Firms
by Usama Awan
Abstract: The aim of the study is to focus on safety practices, environmental cooperation practices, and green manufacturing to identify a set of key practices that drive social sustainability performance in manufacturing firms. It also investigates the moderation role of internal environmental investment on the relationship between social supply chain management practices and social sustainability performance. Using a sample of 272 manufacturing firms, empirically test the proposed conceptual model. The results provided, support that the social sustainability performance at firm level is dependent on the broader practices of social supply chain, most importantly on safety practices and green manufacturing practices. The discoveries give important bits of knowledge to the specialists, academicians and arrangement creators; firm can utilize these practices to oversee and enhance the social manageability execution.
Keywords: sustainability practices; sustainable supply chain management; safety practices; sustainable manufacturing; social sustainability performance.
Manual punch planters design and development for smallholder farmers
by Leandro M. Gonzaga, Ricardo C. De Resende
Abstract: This paper presents the concept and design of a punch planter for smallholder farmers. The design and development of the planter was conducted using the Design Methodology Approach in four phases: Informational, Conceptual, Preliminary and Detailed. Participatory inputs from a group of smallholder woman farmers from Lesotho were also considered. Smallholder farmers are responsible for almost 70% of food produced worldwide, but seedling technologies specifically designed for this public are rare. The majority of punch planters available are either too big or expensive, or adaptations from disc planters are needed, and requiring animal or tractor to pull it. Punch planters reduces the power demand in planting, being very suitable for conservationist practices. A prototype was manufactured with a novel seed metering unit able to individualize seeds and to work with seeds of different types and sizes. Field tests have been conducted, but more tests are needed to make it available for the market.
Keywords: punch planter; smallholder farmers; direct drilling; Conservationist Agriculture; mechanical design; seedling technology; no-till.
Innovations for sustainability: Challenges in utilizing sustainability-related knowledge
by Nina Tura, Ville Ojanen, Jyri Hanski
Abstract: The demands for more sustainable development are increasing, and solving complex sustainability challenges is acknowledged to require innovations that take environmental, social and economic perspectives into consideration. The development of innovations for sustainability requires the utilization of sustainability knowledge, i.e. creating market value by combining pieces of environmental, organizational and social information. In this study, we address the reasons why sustainability knowledge is not exploited more broadly and set focus on the challenges in the utilization of sustainability knowledge. The empirical data for the study was collected in an interdisciplinary expert workshop and by conducting semi-structural interviews in four Finnish companies. The study reveals challenges in the utilization of sustainability knowledge at all stages of knowledge management. We also analyze the potential of digitalization in enhancing innovations for sustainability and lowering the challenges in the utilization of sustainability knowledge.
Keywords: Innovation; sustainability; sustainable development; sustainability-oriented innovation; sustainability knowledge; knowledge utilization; knowledge process; knowledge management; managerial challenges; digitalization effects.
IT and Green Practices as enablers of Dynamic Capabilities and Patient Satisfaction in healthcare industry
by Samyadip Chakraborty, Rajesh Kalepu
Abstract: The word Green has become very pivotal in todays world where sustainable service delivery has become the most sought after objective. Application of green-practices (GP) and IT-enabled-practices (ITEP) has been becoming increasingly important for many industry sectors and healthcare sector happens to be under scanner as one of the most lucrative sectors to investigate such relationships. Various practitioner and contemporary academic literature suggest that indeed GP and ITEP application are the two major enablers of todays healthcare business towards boosting the overall service-oriented capabilities (the extended components of Dynamic Capabilities) of the patient care service providers which in turn is the key towards achieving better patient satisfaction and also boost hospitals performance. This study carries out an empirical investigation to understand the linkages of the aforesaid relationships using data from two sources. Sample data from hospital-side and patient-side have been collected. The study uses standard statistical techniques including CFA, and SEM to test the hypothesized path linkages.
Keywords: Green Practices; Healthcare; IT- enabled practices; Dynamic capabilities; Patient satisfaction; Service-oriented capabilities; Firm performance.
Sustainability innovation by integrating employees: The potential of sustainable embedded lead users
by Marc Schmidt-Keilich, Ulf Schrader
Abstract: Recent studies in innovation management have explored the phenomenon of embedded lead users: company employees who exhibit lead user characteristics with regard to a product marketed by their employer (Schweisfurth and Herstatt, 2014). Because they are doubly embedded, i.e. in both producer and user domain, these employees possess specific resources and capabilities which may be beneficial to corporate innovation. While the concept of embedded lead users has been analysed in sports, leisure and healthcare industries, this paper suggests that the phenomenon may also be highly relevant in the context of sustainability innovations. By bringing together existing conceptualizations of a sustainable lead user outside of corporate boundaries and the embedded lead user approach, the concept of sustainable embedded lead users is presented. We show why sustainable embedded lead users are suited to support corporate sustainability innovations and discuss opportunities and limitations of this approach for (sustainable) innovation and human resource management.
Keywords: Embedded lead user; sustainability innovation; user innovation; employee participation; open innovation; sustainable development.
ECOSYSTEM SERVICES VALUATION BY PIONEERING COMPANIES
by PEDRO FIGARO GATTAS, JOSE GUILHERME FERRAZ D.E. CAMPOS, SIMONE BARAKAT, RENATO J. ORSATO
Abstract: This study aims to identify the reasons for companies to invest in ecosystem services valuation (ESV). ESV is a voluntary environmental initiative (VEI) that intends to strengthen ecosystem services management, assess ecological sustainability of human activities, and rate and dissociate environmental and economic conditions. We identified 70 companies of 17 sectors and 18 countries currently undertaking ESV work, and classified their work according to levels of development. Additionally, we conducted interviews to better understand the reasons for such proactive behavior. Among other findings, we discovered that pioneer companies tend to establish institutional partnerships to access to knowledge about ESV.
Keywords: ecosystem services management; ecosystem services valuation; voluntary environmental initiatives; environmental management tool.
Elaboration of a socio-environmental vulnerability map as a tool to evaluate the sustainability of small hydroelectric power stations in Brazil
by Roxane Mello, Silvio Simões
Abstract: It is understood that the generation of hydroelectric energy through small-scale power stations is sustainable. However, to check this sustainability it is necessary to measure the socio-environmental vulnerability in the undertaking area. The main objective of this article was to analyze the socio-environmental vulnerability area due the influence of a small hypothetical generating power station in the water. The study methodology used analysis based on the continuous classification and the paired comparison technique Analytical Hierarchy Process, to obtain the Socio-Environmental Vulnerability Index Map. It was concluded that there are strong coincidences between the susceptible spaces to the physical processes of the environmental vulnerability and the places that present the worst social indicators, which are mistreated by an anthropic factor, the land use. The results express the starting point for further analysis of the socio-environmental vulnerability influences in areas of small power generating stations.
Keywords: Small Hydroelectric Stations; Vulnerability; Sustainability.
A Comparison of Proactive and Reactive Environmental Strategies in Green Product Innovation
by Anthony Di Benedetto, Ebru Genc
Abstract: Companies are exposed to different pressures to respond to environmental sustainability issues. It is critical to understand how firms integrate environmental issues into their corporate agendas and how these integration strategies affect corporate performance. This paper investigates factors that motivate firms to adopt environmental marketing strategies and their relative impact on sustainable new product development performance. A conceptual framework is developed and tested that portrays the antecedents and consequences of environmental marketing strategy. The results show that developing environmental strategies that exceed regulations (proactive strategies) leads to better new product performance than those that only adhere to regulations (reactive strategies). We also find that commitment from top management becomes critical only for proactive strategies, not for reactive strategies. Finally, we show that environmental marketing strategies lead to new product advantage and, ultimately, improved sustainable new product performance.
Keywords: sustainability; innovation; proactive environmental strategy; reactive environmental strategy; new product development; sustainable new product development; environmental issues; new product performance.
Urban sustainability and Gross National Happiness: a review of community well-being domains and dimensions
by Haruna D. Musa, Mohd Rusli Yacob, Ahmad Makmom Abdullah, Mohd Yusoff Ishak
Abstract: The effort in measuring well-being and happiness by plethora of different indicators and frameworks are stepping up globally, despite critics for not being accepted as the national indicator to promote subjective well-being due to the methodological approach and choices of well-being dimensions employed. This variation among different groups in society having different perceptions on community well-being measurement have made the traditional measurement tool loses validity. This study, therefore, reviews current research on community well-being measurement to justify the inclusion of different sustainability metrics required to optimize community well-being outcomes for national happiness and urban sustainability. The review is primarily based on peer-reviewed journal papers, as well as books, and documents published by international organizations. Forty-four (44) scientific articles were identified, out of a total of 300 research studies drawn from the electronic data search from the world of science focusing on seven key dimensions: economic, social, environment, governance, politics, culture, and health aspects. The finding shows that social dimension remains the most studied on community well-being research, followed by economy, environment, health, and governance, and subsequently leaving the dimension of culture with the less attention. Also, the findings distinguished objective and subjective well-being indicator approach used in the studies context. However, the objective approach is most widely used across the dimensions in the studies while the subjective domain is less studied. This finding suggests that a multidisciplinary conceptual framework towards a holistic view is desirable to allow for a more theory-based tool to evaluate multidimensional issues of urban environment and community well-being at all levels.
Keywords: Community assessment; urban dimensions; Subjective Well-Being; sustainable development.
Cost Reduction and Productivity Improvement through HRIS
by Halima Begum, Faruk Bhuiyan, A. S. A. Ferdous Alam, Abd Hair Awang, Muhammad Mehedi Masud, Rulia Akhtar
Abstract: Employee productivity improvement and HR cost reduction are two useful options for a cost leader. This study aims to examine the association between human resource information systems (HRIS), employee productivity, and HR costs by focusing on the data of 40 Bangladeshi banks. The impact of one standard deviation variation of HRIS application on employee productivity and HR costs is then calculated using multiple regression analysis. The multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA) is then tested to examine the variation of employee productivity and HR costs according to bank ownership patterns. Results indicate that the use of HRIS applications generated a higher efficiency in terms of employee productivity and the reduction of HR costs (where all things remain constant). It was also observed that employee productivity does not vary according to bank ownership patterns though state-owned banks and private-owned banks experience different HR costs.
Keywords: HRIS; HR costs; Employee productivity; Banking Industry; Bangladesh.
The Emergence and Devolution of Sustainable Organizations
by Lee Swanson, Vince Bruno-Bossio
Abstract: In this article we examine the pre- and post-sustainable positions from which sustainable organizations emerge and to which they devolve while addressing the factors that affect the patterns of emergence and devolution. Drawing from existing definitions of sustainable enterprises, we describe three categories of sustainable organizations and conceptualize how enterprises enter and leave these sustainable positions. This work builds upon existing concepts of sustainable enterprise that mainly take a prescriptive approach toward managing transitions toward varying concepts of organizational sustainability. Our work fills a research gap by examining what the conditions of pre- and post-sustainability can mean for enterprises.
Keywords: emergence; entrepreneurship; social enterprise; sustainability.
Corporate sustainability: A focus on entrepreneurship, collaboration and regulation in the South African healthcare industry
by Boris Urban
Abstract: The global business landscape is characterised by uncertainty that has compelled firms to look beyond traditional models of management, which are under scrutiny in terms of sustainability. Researchers have advocated entrepreneurship as a means for firms to transform themselves into flexible, more responsive units that provide enhanced services through ongoing innovation. The context and survey population for this study is the South African healthcare sector. Hypotheses are formulated to show how different variables operate through different pathways to increase overall sustainable corporate entrepreneurship activity. Instruments are first subject to validity and reliability testing, and hypotheses are tested statistically using correlational analysis, path analysis and multiple regression analysis. Results support a positive relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and sustainable corporate entrepreneurship in terms of increased internal corporate venturing, strategic entrepreneurship, and competitive capability. Moreover, the results indicate this relationship is influenced by alliances and moderated by strategic regulatory factors.
Keywords: Corporate sustainability; Corporate entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurial orientation; Regulations; Collaborations; Innovation; South Africa.
Agricultural sustainability under emerging climatic variability: The role of climate-smart agriculture and relevant policies in India
by Jeetendra Prakash Aryal, Tek B. Sapkota, Dil Bahadur Rahut, M.L. Jat
Abstract: Global demand for agricultural products continues to grow while production resources are diminishing. Increasing climatic variability poses further challenges. Therefore, ensuring agricultural sustainability necessitates a transformation of the production system to make it more productive, input efficient and to lower the environmental footprint. Such a transformation cannot happen without system-wide actions and considerable changes in national and local governance, policies, and institutions. On this pretext, we examined if existing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) can enhance adaptation to and mitigation of climate change and overall food security in India. Also, we proposed how to mainstream CSA into development planning through the concept of climate-smart villages (CSVs). We documented the evidence on the benefit of various CSAs in terms of production, climate change adaptation, and mitigation based on the on-farm action research in the CSVs of India. Our results show that CSA can substantially contribute towards climate change adaptation, mitigation, and food security. Mainstreaming CSA practices into development planning through CSVs would create mutual benefits by generating an evidence base on CSAs at the local level, thereby contributing to the design of local adaptation plans of action (LAPA) and further feed information into state and national action plans on climate change. Thus, strengthening collaboration between agricultural science and development policies helps achieve agricultural sustainability under emerging climatic variability.
Keywords: : Climate-smart agriculture; climate-smart village; climate change; local adaptation plans; India.
Environmental impact and sustainability assessment associated with solid waste management in Patras, Greece: A useful guide for medium-sized cities
by Dionisios Galanis, Foteini Konstandakopoulou
Abstract: Due to the lack of appropriate policies in the last decades, Greece has delayed to adopt integrated practices of solid waste management. Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) management has been recognized as one of the most urgent problems in Greece which was compelled by European Engagements to follow an efficient strategy. An integrated methodology for the MSW management of the Municipality of Patras, the third largest city in Greece, which involves the construction of a combustion unit, is developed and analyzed. This study is proposed as a useful guide for the waste management of the MSW in medium-sized cities which face similar waste management problems. In order to achieve a successful methodology, the individual stages of the proposed management plan, the energy recovery through the combustion, the average density, moisture, dry weight and elemental analysis of MSW are in-detail presented. Furthermore, the estimated investment and operating cost of the suggested scenario and the implementation of a pilot composting scheme are comprehensively presented in the prism of current trends and the provisions of EU norms. It is concluded that the combination and synergy of various management strategies is compulsory for sustainable development instead of a specific and exclusive application of a MSW management plan.
Keywords: Environmental impact assessment; sustainable development; waste management; energy recovery.
Evaluating ESG disclosures of Islamic Banks: Evidence from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Members
by Amina Buallay
Abstract: This study considers the level of Environment Social and Governance (ESG) disclosures in the Islamic banks listed on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Members stock Exchange and investigates the relationship between ESG disclosures and banks financial, operational and market performance. We examine 59 banks for 10 years (2007-2016), ends up with 561 observations. The independent and dependent variables of the study are Environment, Social and Governance disclosures and Return on Assets (ROA), Return on Equity (ROE) and Tobins Q (TQ) respectively. In addition, the study utilizes bank specific and macroeconomic control variables in order to help measuring the relationship between ESG disclosures and banks performance. The findings of descriptive analysis showed that ESG tends to be higher with banks that have high financial leverage ratio and more assets. Further, the corporate governance disclosure is better in banks located in high Gross Domestic Product (GDP) countries and high public governance countries. In contra, the social and environmental disclosure is better in banks located in low GDP countries and low governance countries. The causality result shows that TQ is greater because of ESG. Although the results of regression found significant positive impact of ESG on the performance, the relationship between these disclosures is vary if measured individually; the environmental disclosure found positively affect the ROA and TQ. Whereas, the corporate social responsibility disclosure is negatively affect the three models. Last but not the least, the corporate governance disclosure found negatively affects the financial and operational performance. However, positively affect the TQ.
Keywords: ESG disclosure; Islamic Banks; Performance; Organization of Islamic Cooperation Members; Sustainability report.
ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS THROUGH PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP: CRITICAL REVIEW AND PROSPECTS
by Svetlana Maslova
Abstract: SDGs are essential within the paradigm of sustainable development. They not only reflect the ideology of economic, social and environmental priorities in a balanced manner, but also contain specific measures for achieving them. These measures are multiple and diverse. However, not all of them are truly understood so far. This is especially true for PPP, which is the innovative tool of an interaction between governments and business. With regard to research needs, there is clearly a lack of data and critical reviews of PPP as a means of achieving SDGs. The intention behind this study is to test the hypothesis that PPP can be considered as the key means of SDGs implementation. The study reveals that PPP has features that guarantee its real contribution to achieving SDGs. Meanwhile, PPP should not be regarded as the only way to achieve SDGs. The recommendations concerning national strategies and international cooperation to achieve SDGs through PPP are proposed.
Keywords: sustainable development goals; SDGs; innovation means of achieving; public private partnership; PPP; national policy; international cooperation; case-study.
Investigating business model innovation for sustainability: Cases from Thailand
by Janthorn Sinthupundaja, Youji Kohda, Navee Chiadamrong
Abstract: Business model innovation for sustainability is increasingly being recognised as a key to delivering and generating economic, social, and environmental sustainability through a firm's thinking and actions. As empirical exploration has largely focused on developed countries, there is a research gap in how this may provide sustainability within emerging market contexts. We aimed at investigating the key characteristics and mechanisms that were driving business model innovation for sustainability and how these elements contributed to sustainability in emerging markets. Our research was drawn from two case studies in Thailand where data were collected from diverse primary and secondary sources. The findings indicated that social value embeddedness that was in firms value propositions by co-producing it with economic value propositions, collaboration and involvement with non-profit organisations (NPOs) and/or local communities to create shared value, and financial self-sustainability, were important keys to business model innovation to attain sustainability.
Keywords: business model; innovation; business model innovation; sustainability; business model innovation for sustainability; value proposition; value creation; value capture; collaboration approach; case analysis; emerging markets; Thailand.
Special Issue on: Technological Innovation for Sustainable Development
Towards sustainable rice processing: A case of Republic of Benin
by Afolabi Biaou Olaye, Paul Adedeji, Barnabe Zokpodo, Jean Moreira
Abstract: Rice, a staple food in the Sub-Saharan Africa is a recipient of the effect of population increase, with higher consumption than production. Being a common food in the Sub-Saharan Africa, the sustainability of its growth and processing contribute immensely to achieving food security in the region. This study addresses the problem by designing, fabricating and evaluating the performance of a locally-made threshing-cleaning machine for rice processing, tested on two common rice species in The Republic of Benin. The machine was tested for speed, fuel and water consumption, and production output at loaded and unloaded conditions. Average fuel and water consumption differs between the two rice species at maximum engine speed. The machine produces 1780.5kg and 1475kg of IR 841 and Orylux 6 rice per hour respectively. The machine has a high fuel and water economy and offers high prospect in achieving food security in the country.
Keywords: Food security; performance evaluation; Republic of Benin; rice; threshing-cleaning machine.
Energy Transition: the nexus between poverty and CO2 emissions in Brazil
by Marcio Giannini Pereira, Neilton Silva, Marcos Freitas
Abstract: The transition to modern sources of energy, especially electricity, contributes not only to alleviate energy poverty, but also to meet the basic needs of the rural population and reduce emissions. Given the complexity of energy choices, the dynamics of the rural population in Brazil is relevant for the evaluation of the effects of regular and safe access to electricity. Few authors have discussed the real (net) contributions of rural electrification on the transition to more modern energy sources and its impacts on CO2 emissions, considering its harmful health effects. As a result, this article aims to investigate the impact of regular and safe access to electricity on the rural population of Brazil, in a transition to more modern sources of energy, as well as to provide a CO2 emission assessment.
Keywords: Energy Transition; Energy Poverty; Rural Electrification; Climate Changes; Brazil;.
A DIALETIC ON INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY
by Ricardo Ruiz Freire, Emmanuel Costa, Jose L. Alves, Cristovao De Souza Brito
Abstract: This article discusses concepts of social and technological innovation in order to analyse their relations and contradictions. After a long period in which innovation was related to social processes, it has been related to technological and economic development in the last century. Social innovation as a concept has acquired a restrictive meaning, being defined by many as actions to combat social exclusions and environmental degradation promoted by technological innovation. This study suggests a concept for innovation and its influence upon environmental sustainability through a bibliographical analysis that demonstrates how innovation processes are techno-socially related. It uses an analytic matrix that allows comparing these concepts to understand how socio-technical innovations promote environmental, social and economic sustainability. In the end, it recommends more studies to determine and measure the innovative sustainable practices of an organization in both the social and technological spheres.
Keywords: Innovation; Social Innovation; Technological innovation; Sustainability; Linear Innovation Model; 3D Printing; Innovation process; Innovation concept; Innovation and Sustainability; Dialetic on Innovation; Innovation for organisations.
Special Issue on: CR-SD Perspectives on the Interface Between Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development
Change is Possible: The Effects of a Corporate Social Responsibility Course on Business Student Attitudes
by Dustin Quirk
Abstract: The aim of this study was to assess if fourth year undergraduate business students attitudes towards business ethics and corporate social responsibility changed as a result of taking an elective management course on the topic. Findings suggested that a course on business ethics and corporate social responsibility had significant impact on improving a business students attitudes towards the long term benefits of sound business ethics and corporate social responsibility, the benefits of addressing stakeholders, the understanding of the social license to operate, and the use of social responsibility as a tool to address government regulations. The study also found that initial student attitudes (pre-course) were generally favourable towards business ethics and corporate social responsibility.
Keywords: Business student attitudes; business ethics; corporate social responsibility; stakeholders; social licence to operate.
Developing a framework for sustainable development in extractive industries: a Latin America perspective.
by Philip Walsh, Mauricio Ferro
Abstract: This paper serves to examine the roles and responsibilities of nation States in managing their extractive industries and maintaining the sustainable development of their natural resources. In Latin America there exist areas where the State is weak and communities must rely on extractive industry actors and non-State actors to replace the State in providing the necessary services to allow for the communities to remain sustainable; economically, socially and environmentally. In order to assist extractive sector firms in evaluating their roles under that circumstance we put forward a conceptual framework that provides the principal questions that need to be considered in order to establish the rules of engagement with stakeholders and provides key principles, goals, and standards that inform the actions to be taken to promote sustainable development.
Keywords: Extractive Sector; Latin America; Sustainable Development; Framework of Analysis; Stakeholder Engagement.
Water Quality Protection of the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes: Examining the Emerging State/Non-state Governance Approach
by Madeleine Martin, Kernaghan Webb
Abstract: This article explores the growing contribution of non-state actors (private sector and civil society) in the environmental regulatory governance of the North American Great Lakes and maps the various state and non-state rule-instruments, institutions, processes and actors (governance arrangements), focusing on arrangements in Ontario, Canada. The resultant combination of state and non-state regulatory arrangements in operation, sometimes functioning in a collaborative manner, sometimes in more of an adversarial way, aligns well with Webbs (2005) concept of sustainable governance. The issue of microbeads pollution in the Great Lakes is highlighted as an illustration of how state and non-state actors are variously responding to an environmental issue, and provides evidence of how the norm of water quality protection is increasingly addressed and embedded through both state and non-state mechanisms in the larger social environment.
Keywords: regulation; governance; Great Lakes; sustainable governance; corporate social responsibility; water quality control; sustainability; remediation.
Special Issue on: ICESW2017 Innovative Development Towards Sustainable Technologies
Experimental and Parametric Analysis of a Thermoelectric Refrigerator
by FRANCIS ONOROH, MERCY OGBONNAYA, OBIORA NNAEMEKA EZENWA, EMMANUEL OLUWAFEMI ODUBIYI
Abstract: The adverse effects of refrigerants used in vapour compression refrigeration systems (VCRS) on the environment has made it necessary for alternative ways of cooling for industries, offices and homes to be explored. Thermoelectric refrigeration systems can be used for cooling without the use of refrigerants. In this study, a cascade comprising of 8 thermoelectric modules were used to reduce the temperature of a fourteen litre refrigeration chamber from 28.7oC to 3℃ after 4 hours. Parametric analysis was carried out to evaluate the performance of the refrigerator. At a temperature gradient of 20oC the Coefficient of Performance (C.O.P) was 0.55, while at a temperature gradient of 60oC the C.O.P was 0.25 at 6A. At the designed condition, a C.O.P of 0.34 was obtained. The result of the simulation shows that optimum performance of a thermoelectric refrigerator would be obtained when the temperature gradient between the hot and cold sides of the thermoelectric module is kept to a minimum.
Keywords: coefficient of performance; thermoelectric; modules; temperature; refrigeration chamber.
Special Issue on: CR-SD Perspectives on the Interface Betw
An application of the foundational principles of the second pillar of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the Ranger mine, in the Northern Territory of Australia
by Jeremy Pearce
Abstract: This paper reviews the foundational principles of the second pillar (the corporate responsibility to respect) of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and applies them to the Ranger mine in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is argued that whilst there is some progress being made and clear acknowledgement and recognition by Rio Tinto that supports the UNGPs, this acknowledgement is yet to translate into meaningful changes on the ground at the Ranger mine. As a result this raises two issues for the UNGPs. Firstly, the efficacy of the UNGPs, as a stand-alone instrument, to deliver increased rights protections for those that need them most. Secondly, commercial realities as opposed to a disregard for human rights, may in some cases explain why companies have not implemented the UNGPs.
Keywords: Human rights; United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs); Mirrar People; Rio Tinto; Responsible Governance.
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Obesity: Locating social responsibility in the context of evolving norms
by Louise Manning, Josie Kelly
Abstract: Most countries have experienced a significant increase in the incidence of obesity in their general population over the last twenty years. Indeed, the condition is now so common, commentators conclude that obesity has become normalized and no longer attracts social opprobrium. The prevalence of obesity and related morbidities when the condition is normalized places it beyond the scope of conventional government interventions. In this context, the UK government adopted a multisector approach in England by announcing in 2011 that its policy on obesity would be predicated on the importance of individuals responsibility for their condition, while also facilitating food and drink industry responsibilities to its customers. This paper considers the social trend towards the normalization of obesity as a lens to discuss governments role in supporting businesses to demonstrate and act upon their social responsibilities.
Keywords: Obesity; social norms; corporate norms; food policy; corporate responsibility.