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Corporate sustainability: Governance, innovation strategy, development and methods

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By Andrew Griffiths

Published: 2004
ISBN: 978-0-9750436-2-2
Pages: xiv+237



Andrew Griffiths
UQ Business School
The University of Queensland, Australia with

Introduction by: Harrie Vredenburg
TransCanada International Institute for Resource Industries and Sustainability Studies, and

Jeremy Hall
TransCanada International Institute for Resource Industries and Sustainability Studies

In the last few years sustainable corporate development pressures have been recognized as a serious challenge and major strategic issue. Although pressures vary across industrial and national contexts, they are increasingly changing the rules of competition, making extant competencies obsolete, creating winners, losers and opportunities for niche players.

Firms are often ill-prepared to deal with the complex and often ambiguous nature of sustainable development, especially the social dimension. Traditional risk management techniques and innovation strategies are insufficient to deal with these added difficulties.

This Special Issue draws on international and Australian best practice to demonstrate principles of sustainability, their appreciation, measurement and the key role of innovation. Featuring leading corporate sustainability strategy, operations, assessment and management Case Studies, Corporate Sustainability: Governance, Innovation Strategy, Development & Methods offers valuable insights into sustainable development innovation, policy, strategy and governance.

Case studies, sustainability models, research reports and review provide invaluable course and tutorial materials.

This Special Issue has been made available as a discounted book of Readings for Course Coordinators in departments of Management, Environmental Studies, Urban Planning, Engineering, Science & Technology Studies, History & Philosophy of Science and Graduate Schools of Management, as well as for tutors, graduate and undergraduate students seeking to enter the fields of sustainability and innovation studies.

In one volume Corporate Sustainability: Governance, Innovation Strategy, Development & Methods provides:

  • Methods and challenges for building human and environmental capacity in organisations
  • Development phases of corporate progress toward human and ecological sustainability
  • Tools and strategies for understanding and evaluating corporate sustainability initiatives
  • Lessons learned from new product development, trialling, assessment, success and failure
  • Linkages between e-business, corporate sustainability, human and environmental capacity
  • Scenarios and scenario planning for corporate, environmental and social sustainability
  • Current Australian, European and American case studies on new sustainable technologies
  • Implications for managers from critical analytical, evaluative and governance perspectives.

Imperative reading for managers, policy makers, as well as those involved with research and teaching of corporate sustainability.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD: The nexus between sustainability and innovation - Mark Starik

PREFACE: Corporate sustainability and innovation - Andrew Griffiths

INTRODUCTION: Sustainable development innovation and competitive

ADVANTAGE: Implications for business, policy and management education - Jeremy Hall and Harrie Vredenburg


Can democracy handle corporate sustainability? Constructing a path forward - Suzanne Benn and Dexter Dunphy

Sustainability, democracy and three challenges to global integrity capacity - Joseph A. Petrick

Toward a multi-level, multi-systems approach to sustainability governance and outcomes: An essay - Mark Starik

The effectiveness of emerging theory and practice in sustainable development - Jack Keegan


Ruling out innovations - Technological regimes, rules and failures: The cases of heat pump Power generation and bio-gas production in the Netherlands - Rob Raven and Geert Verbong

A model of new product success and accelerated learning in collaborative new product teams - Ajax Persaud

Alternative technology niches and sustainable development - Adrian Smith

Linkages between e-business and sustainability outcomes: An exploratory study - Nardia Haigh

Biodiversity, technology transfer, and capacity building: A World Bank perspective and case study - Jan Bojö and Payton Deeks

A case study in corporate sustainability: Fuji Xerox Eco Manufacturing Centre - Suzanne Benn and Dexter Dunphy


Assessing transition trajectories towards a sustainable energy system: A case study on the Dutch transition to climate-neutral transport fuel chains - Roald Suurs, Marko Hekkert, Marius Meeus and Evert Nieuwlaar

Selecting and assessing demonstration projects for technology assessment: The cases of fuel cells and hydrogen systems in Sweden - Magnus Karlström and Björn A. Sandén

Science and technology parks and the integration of environmental policy - Katarina Larsen

Technologies and skills for successful biodiversity information management: Challenges and opportunities for policy and business - Mark Collins


Technology path assessment for sustainable technology development - Björn A. Sandén

European manufacturing in transition - The challenge of sustainable development: Four scenarios 2015-2020 - Anton Geyer and Fabiana Scapolo

Sociotechnical scenarios as a new policy tool to explore system innovations: Co-evolution of technology and society in The Netherland's electricity domain - Peter S. Hofman, Boelie E. Elzen and Frank W. Geels

CONCLUSION: Sustainability and innovation: The way forward - Dexter Dunphy

BOOK REVIEWS - Gavan McDonell

An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and its Implications for United States National Security - by Peter Schwarz and Doug Randall, October 2003

Abrupt Climate Change: Inevitable Surprises - by Ocean Studies Board, Polar Research Board, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, 2002

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