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February 27, 2018
"An Ecosystem Framework for Business Sustainability" by Jiazhe Sun, Shunan Wu & Kaizhong Yang, 2018, Business Horizons (Entrepreneurship / Strategic Management)
This article introduces an eco-systemic framework to foster innovation for business sustainability. We emphasize the idea of systemic thinking in which the business operates as a system similar to a living organism. In this framework, businesses impact the environment in which they operate in a fluid, dynamic, and interdependent way. This approach contrasts with the linear approach commonly used in business and other disciplines, which tries to explain what might cause an action or reaction but ignores any feedback effect between the subsequent action and its cause. This article offers practical solutions and guidance for business leaders to incorporate complexity science into creating sustainable businesses.
SDG Topics: Good Health & Wellbeing / Clean Water & Sanitation / Decent Work & Economic Growth / Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure / Responsible Consumption & Production / Climate Action / Life Below Water / Life On Land.
Verbos, Amy, and Klemm Humphries. "A Native American Relational Ethic: An Indigenous Perspective on Teaching Human Responsibility." Journal of Business Ethics 123.1 (2014): 1-9. (Strategic Management)
"Our exemplar of a Native American relational ethic is depicted through the Seven Grandfather Teachings, an ancient sacred story of Potawatomi and Ojibwe peoples. These teachings state that human beings are responsible to act with wisdom, respect, love, honesty, humility, bravery, and truth toward each other and all creation. We illustrate the possible uses of this ethic through exercises wherein students reflect on the values and learn lessons related to ethics, leadership, teamwork, and relationships, or create stories using Native American story form."
SDG Topics: Good Health & Wellbeing / Gender Equality / Reduced Inequalities / Responsible Consumption & Production / Life On Land / Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions / Partnerships for the Goals.
Yenipazarli, Arda. "The Economics of Eco-labeling: Standards, Costs and Prices." International Journal of Production Economics 170 (2015): 275-86. (Economics)
The existing eco-label landscape is fragmented because of the presence of numerous labels with different standards and is a pre-competitive environment for firms to play in with many unanswered questions. Different standards – eco-labels are built around – have different effects on credibility and legitimacy, costs and benefits, and ability to achieve sustainability goals of eco-labeling. Focusing on eco-label standards and using a Hotelling-type horizontal differentiation model, we identify standards-specific issues for and characterize primary barriers to eco-labeling. Some of the major findings are as follows: (1) More rigorous environmental standards enforced by higher-integrity labels do not necessarily translate into higher selling prices; (2) Higher prices commanded by labeled products do not guarantee that a firm will derive higher profits from eco-labeling; (3) Auditing fees paid per product unit being inspected for ensuring compliance with an eco-label standard (rather than participation fees paid up front) is the primary de facto barrier to business involvement in eco-labeling; and (4) Customers׳ willingness to pay price premiums for eco-labeled products is not a sufficient condition to generate a premium in the market.
SDG Topics: Good Health & Wellbeing / Decent Work & Economic Growth / Sustainable Cities & Communities / Responsible Consumption & Production / Climate Action / Life Below Water / Life On Land / Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions.
February 13, 2018
Big Data : How the Information Revolution Is Transforming Our Lives by Brian Clegg (Computing & Information Systems)
Is the Brexit vote successful big data politics or the end of democracy? Why do airlines overbook, and why do banks get it wrong so often? How does big data enable Netflix to forecast a hit, CERN to find the Higgs boson and medics to discover if red wine really is good for you? And how are companies using big data to benefit from smart meters, use advertising that spies on you and develop the gig economy, where workers are managed by the whim of an algorithm? The volumes of data we now access can give unparalleled abilities to make predictions, respond to customer demand and solve problems. But Big Brother's shadow hovers over it. Though big data can set us free and enhance our lives, it has the potential to create an underclass and a totalitarian state. With big data ever-present, you can't afford to ignore it.
SDG Topics: Decent Work & Economic Growth / Infrasture, Industry & Innovation / Responsible Production & Consumption / Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions.
Ethics in Marketing : International Cases and Perspectives by Patrick E. Murphy, Eugene R. Laczniak, and Fiona J. Harris (Marketing)
Understanding and appreciating the ethical dilemmas associated with business is an important dimension of marketing strategy. Increasingly, matters of corporate social responsibility are part of marketing's domain. Ethics in Marketing contains 20 cases that deal with a variety of ethical issues such as questionable selling practices, exploitative advertising, counterfeiting, product safety, apparent bribery and channel conflict that companies face across the world. A hallmark of this book is its international dimension along with high-profile case studies that represent situations in European, North American, Chinese, Indian and South American companies. Well known multinationals like Coca Cola, Facebook, VISA and Zara are featured. This second edition of Ethics in Marketing has been thoroughly updated and includes new international cases from globally recognized organizations on gift giving, sustainability, retail practices, multiculturalism, sweat shop labor and sports sponsorship. This unique case-book provides students with a global perspective on ethics in marketing and can be used in a free standing course on marketing ethics or marketing and society or it can be used as a supplement for other marketing classes.
SDG Topics: Good Health & Wellbeing / Responsible Production & Consumption / Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions.
Ladies of the Ticker : Women and Wall Street from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression by George Robb (Finance)
Long overlooked in histories of finance, women played an essential role in areas such as banking and the stock market during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Yet their presence sparked ongoing controversy. Hetty Green's golden touch brought her millions, but she outraged critics with her rejection of domesticity. Progressives like Victoria Woodhull, meanwhile, saw financial acumen as more important for women than the vote. George Robb's pioneering study sheds a light on the financial methods, accomplishments, and careers of three generations of women. Plumbing sources from stock brokers' ledgers to media coverage, Robb reveals the many ways women invested their capital while exploring their differing sources of information, approaches to finance, interactions with markets, and levels of expertise. He also rediscovers the forgotten women bankers, brokers, and speculators who blazed new trails--and sparked public outcries over women's unsuitability for the predatory rough-and-tumble of market capitalism. Entertaining and vivid with details, Ladies of the Ticker sheds light on the trailblazers who transformed Wall Street into a place for women's work.
SDG Topics: Gender Equality / Decent Work & Economic Growth / Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions.
February 6, 2018
GOWI Learning Platform (Multidisciplinary)
GOWI (Get On With It) is an online learning platform that takes complex sustainability topics and breaks them down into free, bite-sized portions for time strapped learners. Topics for students include "Sustainable Fashion", "The Sustainable Development Goals" and "Sustainable Chocolate". Topics for educators include "How to Make Sustainability a Part of Any Degree" and "Sustainability by Business Discipline". GOWI aims to educate, engage and inspire. A course, also called a "gowi", takes only 5-10 minutes to complete. All you need to do is register by selecting the login button at the top of the screen and you are ready to go. Courses are available in various formats and languages. They are developed with a range of international organisations, leading sustainable businesses and universities. New courses will be released here on a regular basis. To stay up to date, sign up for the newsletter.
SDG Topics: All SDGs.
GOWI Course - "The Sustainable Development Goals" (The UN Global Compact, PRME, and the SDGs)
This free online course, offered by the online learning platform GOWI (Get On With It), provides a brief introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals, what they are, how they came about, the goals and targets themselves, as well as next steps and our role. This course takes only 5-10 minutes to complete. All you need to do is register by selecting the login button at the top of the screen and you are ready to go. GOWI courses are available in various formats and languages, and are developed with a range of international organisations, leading sustainable businesses and universities.
SDG Topics: All SDGs.
Development of Circular Economy in China by Qi, Jian'guo. Singapore: Springer Singapore, 2016 (Economics)
This book presents a detailed background to the circular economy in China, explores government measures to promote it in China's market economy, and introduces the supporting laws and policies. The book goes on to describe, from a technology perspective, successful circular economy practices in sectors such as agriculture, iron and steel, cement, coal-fired power, chemistry, paper manufacturing and city mineral. This book sheds some light on what China has done and achieved to change the mode of economic development in order to minimize its negative impacts on resources and the environment. Readers will learn from and be inspired by China's circular economy practices. Industrializing countries can also draw on China's experiences to solve their own problems, enabling them to make their economic development resource-saving and more environmentally friendly.
SDG Topics: Clean Water & Sanitation / Decent Work & Economic Growth / Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure / Sustainable Cities & Communities / Responsible Consumption & Production.
"Reward Work, Not Wealth" - Oxfam 2018 Report (Economics)
"Last year saw the biggest increase in the number of billionaires in history, with one more billionaire every two days. There are now 2,043 dollar billionaires worldwide. Nine out of 10 are men. Billionaires also saw a huge increase in their wealth. This increase was enough to end extreme poverty seven times over. 82% of all of the growth in global wealth in the last year went to the top 1%, whereas the bottom 50% saw no increase at all. Living wages and decent work for the world’s workers are fundamental to ending today’s inequality crisis. All over the world, our economy of the 1% is built on the backs of low paid workers, often women, who are paid poverty wages and denied basic rights. This paper looks at growing extreme wealth, and those who work but live in poverty. It explores why this is happening, and gives recommendations on how it can be fixed."
SDG Topics: No Poverty / Gender Equality / Decent Work & Economic Growth / Reduced Inequalities / Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions.