Business Ethics and Multi-stakeholder Initiatives on Sustainability: Examining Hidden Issues and Proposing a Research Agenda

Frank de Bakker*, Andreas Rasche*, Stefano Ponte*

*Kontaktforfatter af dette arbejde

Publikation: KonferencebidragPaperForskningpeer review

112 Downloads (Pure)

Abstrakt

Although the literature on multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) for sustainability has grown in recent years, it is scattered across several academic fields, making it hard to ascertain how individual disciplines such as business ethics can further contribute to the debate. Based on an extensive review of the literature on certification and principle-based MSIs for sustainability (n=293 articles), we show that the scholarly debate rests on three broad themes (“the 3Is”): the input into creating and governing MSIs; the institutionalization of MSIs; and the impact that relevant initiatives create. While our discussion reveals the theoretical underpinnings of the 3Is, it also shows that a number of research challenges related to business ethics remain unaddressed. We unpack these challenges and suggest how scholars can utilize theoretical insights in business ethics to push the boundaries of the field. Finally, we also discuss what business ethics research can gain from theory development in the MSI field.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2019
Antal sider60
StatusUdgivet - 2019
Begivenhed35th EGOS Colloquium 2019: Enlightening the Future: The Challenge for Organizations - University of Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, Storbritannien
Varighed: 4 jul. 20196 jul. 2019
Konferencens nummer: 35
https://www.egosnet.org/2019_edinburgh/colloquium

Konference

Konference35th EGOS Colloquium 2019
Nummer35
LokationUniversity of Edinburgh Business School
LandStorbritannien
ByEdinburgh
Periode04/07/201906/07/2019
Internetadresse

Emneord

  • Multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs)
  • Sustainability
  • Institutionalization
  • Legitimacy
  • Business ethics
  • Management studies

Citationsformater

de Bakker, F., Rasche, A., & Ponte, S. (2019). Business Ethics and Multi-stakeholder Initiatives on Sustainability: Examining Hidden Issues and Proposing a Research Agenda. Afhandling præsenteret på 35th EGOS Colloquium 2019, Edinburgh, Storbritannien.