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.
|Number of pages||60|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Event||35th EGOS Colloquium 2019: Enlightening the Future: The Challenge for Organizations - University of Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, United Kingdom|
Duration: 4 Jul 2019 → 6 Jul 2019
Conference number: 35
|Conference||35th EGOS Colloquium 2019|
|Location||University of Edinburgh Business School|
|Period||04/07/2019 → 06/07/2019|
- Multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs)
- Business ethics
- Management studies
de Bakker, F., Rasche, A., & Ponte, S. (2019). Business Ethics and Multi-stakeholder Initiatives on Sustainability: Examining Hidden Issues and Proposing a Research Agenda. Paper presented at 35th EGOS Colloquium 2019, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.