Business and Sustainability

Paperback | January 13, 2013

byMichael Blowfield

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Climate change, the resource constrained economy, and sustainability in general are amongst the hottest and most problematic topics in contemporary business today. Increasingly, new enterprises are being established to address key twenty-first century environmental challenges, incumbentindustries are implementing new strategies to comply with stringent legislation to retain their licenses, and multi-nationals are endeavouring to link tackling issues from poverty to deforestation to their bottom line. This textbook is one of the first to offer students a comprehensive overview of how the world's sustainability challenges are affecting, and being affected by business, and has been written specifically to cater for the growing number of courses and modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levelsfocused on sustainability in the business context. The author adopts a mix of practitioner and theoretical perspectives and offers an insightful review of the subject across three core areas: the global business context, business management and ownership, and the external environment. Each of theseareas contains chapters on particular aspects of sustainability and management, and draws from a range of global case studies and exercises. This textbook serves as a concise summary of contemporary sustainability issues for lecturers and students wanting a single resource on the subject.Online Resource Centre: For Students:* Links to web resources e.g. company sustainability initiatives, sustainability organisationsFor Lecturers:* Teaching suggestions for the case studies* PowerPoint slides* Links to films, online video and other AV resources for use in the classroom, including summaries of their content and how they could be used* Electronic versions of figures and diagrams from the book

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Climate change, the resource constrained economy, and sustainability in general are amongst the hottest and most problematic topics in contemporary business today. Increasingly, new enterprises are being established to address key twenty-first century environmental challenges, incumbentindustries are implementing new strategies to comp...

Michael Blowfield is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment where he researches business transformation in an era of climate change and resource constrained economies. He is also a Teaching Fellow in Corporate Responsibility at the London Business School. He has worked as a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.74 inPublished:January 13, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199642982

ISBN - 13:9780199642984

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Table of Contents

Section One - The Global Context1. Business and Sustainability Overview2. The Sustainability Challenges Confronting Business3. Business in a Resource Constrained WorldSection Two - Managing Sustainability4. Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Change5. Strategy and Execution6. Innovation, Planning, and Design7. Financing Sustainability8. Cooperation, Collaboration, and Partnership9. Next Generation CompetenciesSection Three - The External Environment10. Governance11. Sustainable Consumption and Production12. Looking to the FutureMajor Case Studies

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"This is an admirable piece of work that provides a good overview of the debate and critically examines how business can respond to sustainability challenges. It is well supported by both theory and case studies and is written in a clear and compelling manner. It will be an invaluableresource for students on our programmes, since the structure is well aligned with our curriculum." --Polly Courtice, LVO, Director, Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership