Foundations of Sustainable Business: Theory, Function, and Strategy
October 2014, ©2015
Foundations of Sustainable Business is designed to introduce future business leaders to the most important social and environmental issues of our generation. From the perspectives of a business thought-leader and a public interest policy expert, the text provides a comprehensive, balanced introduction to sustainable business that integrates sustainable policies into all core business functions, including leadership, finance, accounting, risk management, marketing, supply chain management, and operations.
Presenting sustainability as a strategic priority for all aspects of business, the text clearly defines all key concepts and shows how social, economic, and environmental trends are interconnected and relevant to corporate strategy. While the text provides an honest look at climate change, human trafficking, and environmental issues such as water shortage and ecosystem health, all normative guidance is based on traditional business value propositions, taking into account cost, risk, strategy, marketing potential, and operational feasibility.
Additionally, the text offers a variety of pedagogical tools in each chapter to provide an engaging, qualitative-based learning process. Each chapter ends with original cases with focused questions that test comprehension of concepts. With in-chapter discussion questions, illustrative diagrams, ethical dilemmas, managerial insights, links to fascinating TED Talk videos, and on-point Harvard Business Review cases, Foundations of Sustainable Business is user-friendly for instructors and accessible to students.
Part I Introduction
1 Introduction to Sustainable Business 3
2 Perspectives 33
3 Leadership, Change Management and Corporate Governance 59
Part II Accountability
4 Legal Frameworks for Sustainability 95
5 Metrics, Tools & Reporting: The Role of Finance and Accounting 127
6 Risk Management 157
Part III Implementation
7 Marketing 189
8 Supply Chain Management 223
9 Operations Management 259
- Provides real-world examples from domestic and international
companies of all sizes.
- Offers separate chapters on Finance and Accounting, Risk
Management, Operations, Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Legal
Compliance, and Leadership.
- Provides a strong foundation in social, economic, and
- Packed with pedagogical tools in each chapter to provide an
engaging, qualitative-based learning process: in-chapter discussion
questions, illustrative diagrams, ethical dilemmas, managerial
insights, links to fascinating TED Talk videos, and links to
on-point Harvard Business Review cases.
- Each chapter ends with original cases with focused questions
that test comprehension of concepts introduced in each chapter.
- Offers a chapter on how sustainability impacts virtually all of the disciplines encountered in a traditional MBA curriculum.
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