Responsible and Sustainable Business Research Group

Group
  • Unit(s) of assessment: Business and Management Studies
  • Research theme: Sustainable Futures
  • School: Nottingham Business School

Overview

The research group on Responsible and Sustainable Business brings together researchers who reflect on the various dimensions of business' role in fostering sustainable societies by means of responsible business organisation. The goal of the group is to meaningfully integrate the insights of an interdisciplinary group of experts to inform values-driven business practice in all dimensions of organisational life.

Ambition and vision
Our group's vision is to carry out research in the area of business and sustainability that combines academic excellence with impact. We want to drive change towards sustainable and responsible business practices through the creation of actionable knowledge hosted on rsblab.org.uk. In order to achieve this vision for our group, our ambition was to carry out internationally and world-leading research on the following themes:

Teaching Ethics and Sustainability
We do research on the conceptual foundations and practical strategies that are used in business school and universities when teaching students about the dilemmas that managers and employees face in making choices that are technically sound, ethically responsible, sustainable, and culturally sensitive. Our focus is both on how to structure integration of these topics across the curriculum, and how to evaluate the results of these efforts. For an example of this research, see: The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management, edited by Petra Molthan-Hill (Greenleaf 2014).

Sustainable Design and Consumption
In partnership with the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment, our group conducts research on sustainable design and consumption. We study how physical objects, the built environment, and services may be designed in ways that give consideration to the principles of economic, environmental, and social aspects of sustainability.

Managing and Measuring Sustainability
We investigate the management and measurement of sustainable business practices. This involves studying best practices in integrating sustainability across the value-chain, and across functional areas. Increasingly, this is linked to the effective measurement of sustainable business activities including the use of benchmarks, audits, indexes, accounting, performance indicators within reporting models, and other ways of measuring the activities and impacts of (un)sustainable business practices.

Critical Perspectives on Responsible and Sustainable Business
We draw on multi-disciplinary perspectives, drawing on the arts, humanities, as well as the natural and social sciences to explore alternative ways of organising, and offering creative ways of thinking about capitalism and its practices. We challenge managerial orthodoxy about “sustainable business”, and critique the types of research methods and approaches that marginalise alternative ways of conceptualising the relation between business, sustainability, and ethics.

We are committed to building a research culture in our area by:

  • developing the research skills and capacities of our early career researchers by having professors partner with them on papers
  • hosting sessions on how to publish journal articles, with well-published professors and editors offering advice on how to structure papers, how to conduct efficient literature reviews, and how to revise a paper for resubmission
  • hosting methodology workshops
  • implementing an internal peer review mechanism to improve papers.

Publications

  • Joosten, A., van Dijke, M. H., Van Hiel, A., & De Cremer, D. (2014). Being ‘in Control’ May Make You Lose control: The Role of Self-Regulation in Unethical Leadership Behavior. Journal of Business Ethics, 121, 1-14. ERIM P, ABS 3
  • Brebels, L., De Cremer, D., & van Dijke, M. H. (2014). Using self-definition to predict the influence of procedural justice on organizational, interpersonal, and task-oriented citizenship behaviors. Journal of Management, 40, 731–763. ERIM P, ABS
  • Leunissen, J. L., De Cremer, D., van Dijke, M. H., &, Reinders Folmer, C. P. (2014). Forecasting Errors in the Averseness of an Apologizing. Social Justice Research, 27, 322-339.
  • Bianchi, E., Brockner, J., van den Bos, K., Seifert, M., Moon, H., van Dijke, M. H., & De Cremer, D., (2014). Trust in decision-making authorities dictates the form of the interactive relationship between outcome favorability and procedural fairness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 19-34. ERIM P equivalent, ABS 4
  • Joosten, A., van Dijke, M. H., Van Hiel, A., & De Cremer, D. (2014). Feel good, do-good!? On consistency and compensation in moral self-regulation. Journal of Business Ethics, 123, 71-83. ERIM P, ABS 3
  • Lund-Thomsen; P., Jamali, D. Vives, A. 3014. CSR in SMEs : An Analysis of Donor-financed Management Tools. Social Responsibility Journal, 10(4), 602-619.
  • Lund-Thomsen, P. Lindgreen, A. Vanhamme, J. Industrial Clusters and Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries : What We Know, What We Do Not Know, and What We Need to Know. Journal of Business Ethics, Online first, 24.9.2014 ABS 3
  • Lund-Thomsen, P. Lindgreen A., Vanhamme, J. 2014. Special Issue on Industrial Clusters and Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries, Journal of Business Ethics, Online First, 18.9.2014. ABS 3
  • Lund-Thomsen, P. Lindgreen, A. 2014. Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Value Chains : Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?. Journal of Business Ethics, 123(1), 11-22. ABS 3
  • Lund-Thomsen, P., Wad, P. 2014. Global Value Chains, Local Economic Organization and Corporate Social Responsibility in the BRICS Countries. Competition and Change, 18(4), 281-290.
  • Rehman, U., Lund-Thomsen, P. 2014. Social Support at a Sufi Lodge in Punjab, Pakistan, Contemporary South Asia, online first 25 November 2014
  • Painter-Morland, MJ and Deslandes, G (2014) “Gender and Visionary Leading: Rethinking “Identity” and “Vision” with Deleuze and Bergson, co-authored, Organization Online first, DOI: 10.1177/1350508413488636 ABS 3
  • Herzig, C., Jasmin Godemann, Jan Bebbington & Jeremy Moon Higher education and sustainable development: Exploring possibilities for organisational change Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 27(2), 2014, 218-233.
  • Herzig, C., Windolph, SE & Schaltegger, S. Implementing Corporate Sustainability: What drives the Application of Sustainability Management Tools in Germany? Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal 5(4), 2014, 378-404.
  • Herzig, C., Godemann, J. Moon, J & Haertle, J United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education. Purpose, Progress and Prospects, Journal of Cleaner Production 62, 2014, 16-23.
  • Herzig, C., Godemann, J & Haertle, J Responsible Management Education, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Studium (WiSt) 7, 2014, 383-385
  • Herzig, C. Adomßent, M. Fischer, D. Godemann,J. Otte, I Rieckmann, M & Timm, J. Emerging areas in research on higher education for sustainable development – management education, sustainable consumption and perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe, Journal of Cleaner Production 62, 2014, 1-7.

2015 (accepted in forthcoming)

  • Van Dijke, M. H., Wildschut, T., & Leunissen, J. M. & Sedikides, C. (2015). Nostalgia Buffers the Negative Impact of Low Procedural Justice on Cooperation. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 127, 15-29. ERIM P*, ABS 4
  • van Gils, S., van Quaquebeke, N., van Knippenberg, D., van Dijke, M. H., & De Cremer, D. (in press). Ethical leadership and follower organizational deviance: The moderating role of follower moral attentiveness. Leadership Quarterly. ERIM P, ABS 4
  • Van Houwelingen, G., van Dijke, M. H., & De Cremer, D. (in press). Unfair behavior at the top promotes bad behavior in the middle: The effect of social distance. Journal of Management. ERIM P, ABS 4
  • van Dijke, M. H., De Cremer, D., Brebels, L., & van Quaquebeke, N. (in press). Willing and Able: Action-State Orientation and the relation between Procedural Justice and Employee Cooperation. Journal of Management. ERIM P, ABS 4
  • Jamali, D. Lund-Thomsen, P., Jeppesen, S. Introduction, Special Issue on SMEs and CSR in Developing Countries, Business & Society, Forthcoming.
  • Jamali, D. Lund-Thomsen, P., Khara, N. CSR Institutionalized Myths in Developing Countries: An Imminent Threat of Selective Decoupling, Business & Society, Forthcoming
  • Painter-Morland, MJ (2015).“Philosophical Assumptions Undermining Responsible Management Education", Journal of Management Development ABS 1

Book contributions

  • P. Moltan-Hill (ed.) (2014) The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management: Principles and Practice. Sheffield: Greenleaf.
  • Van Dijke, M. H., & De Cremer, D. (in press). Justice in the work setting. In C. Sabbagh & M. Schmitt (Eds.), Handbook of Social Justice Theory and Research. Springer.
  • Painter-Morland, MJ “A critical analysis of ethics management practices”, accepted for publication in the Routledge companion to Ethics, Politics and Organization, Edited by Alison and Carl Rhodes (forthcoming 2015)
  • Herzig, C and Biswaraj Ghosh, B Managing responsible and sustainable business in the UK. In: Corporate Sustainability in International Comparison. State of Practice, Opportunities and Challenges, Stefan Schaltegger, Sarah E. Windolph, Dorli Harms & Jacob Hörisch (Eds.), Dordrecht, Springer, 2014, 199-122.
  • Herzig, C and Biswaraj Ghosh, B Sustainability Reporting (with Biswaraj Ghosh), in: The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management: Principles and Practice, Petra Moltan-Hill (Eds.) Sheffield, Greenleaf, 2014.

Special Issues / Sections of Journals

  • Social accountability and stakeholder engagement for sustainability: Shaping organisational change in higher education? (Herzig, C., Jasmin Godemann, Jeremy Moon & Jan Bebbington), Special Section of Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 2014, 27(2).
  • Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Emerging Areas (Herzig, C., Maik Adomssent, Daniel Fischer, Jasmin Godemann, Insa Otte, Marco Rieckmann & Jana Timm), Special Volume of Journal of Cleaner Production, 2014, 62.
  • Special Issue on ‘Experiential Learning’ for Journal of Management Development (Claudia Kipka and Mollie Painter-Morland)

Related projects

Activity in four focus areas

In order to achieve the vision of our group, our ambition was to carry out internationally and world-leading research on the following themes. Within 2014, we succeeded in developing papers or projects in all of four chosen focus areas.

Teaching Ethics and Sustainability

Under the editorship of Petra Molthan-Hill, various members of our research group wrote chapters for an edited volume entitled The Business Student's Guide to Sustainable Management (Greenleaf 2014). We foresee this publication having significant impact on teaching sustainability at NTU and beyond.

A team of researchers from our group (Mollie Painter-Morland, Petra Molthan-Hill and Ehsan Sabet) presented a paper on Embedding Sustainability Across the Curriculum at the Annual European Business Ethics Conference in June 2014, and it has subsequently been submitted to a highly ranked journal.

Sustainable Design and Consumption

Our group has been fostering ties with Tim Cooper’s group within the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment to collaborate on research projects. This has subsequently yielded a research collaboration between Alex Hiller, Mariale Moreno and Laura Piscicelli on the topic of “The carrier-practice framework as a design tool in stimulating sustainable consumption”.

Managing and Measuring Sustainability
Both Professors Herzig and Peter Lund-Thompsen have yielded papers on best practices in integrating sustainability across the value-chain, and across functional areas (see published papers). More recently, proposal writing has also gotten underway towards applying for a grant to create an Institute for Risk Accounting and Valuation within the RSB research group (initiative of Professor Paul Klumpes).

Critical Perspectives on Responsible and Sustainable Business

Our groups research in this area yielded two collaborative papers:

  1. Mollie Painter-Morland, Carole Tansley and Sue Kirk developed a paper called Talent is more than a word: The (Im)possibility of ethical reflection within talent management, presented at the AoM 2014 in Philadelpia, and currently being prepared for submission to a highly ranked journal.
  2. Mollie Painter-Morland, Daniel King and Ofelia Palermo wrote paper on The Powers and Perils of Liquid Leading: Influencing the dialectic of structure and flow.

We are committed to building a research culture in our area by:

  • developing the research skills and capacities of our early career researchers by having professors partner with them on papers
  • hosting sessions on how to publish journal articles, with well-published professors and editors offering advice on how to structure papers, how to conduct efficient literature reviews, and how to revise a paper for resubmission
  • hosting methodology workshops
  • implementing an internal peer review mechanism to improve papers.

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