Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/18778
Title: Recipes for successful sustainability : empirical organizational configurations for strong corporate environmental performance
Authors: Walker, K
Ni, N
Dyck, B
Keywords: Case survey methodology
Configuration theory
Corporate environmental performance
Equifinality
Stakeholder engagement
Sustainability
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Source: Business strategy and the environment, 2015, v. 24, no. 1, p. 40-57 How to cite?
Journal: Business Strategy and the Environment 
Abstract: We examine 45 existing case studies of firms with strong corporate environmental performance (CEP) to empirically identify four organizational configurations for successful sustainability. These four configurations represent different combinations of variables describing a firm's external environment, organizational structure, and its strategy-related activities. More specifically, these configurations vary in having a benign or challenging external environment, a mechanistic or organic structure, a low-cost or differentiation strategy, hands-on or hands-off participation by the top management team, high or low consideration given to stakeholders, and a short- or long-term time orientation. Taken together the four organizational configurations introduce an understanding of equifinality for achieving CEP. In other words, given an adequate variety of ingredients, there are multiple recipes for successful sustainability. Implications for scholars, practitioners and policy-makers and other stakeholders are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/18778
ISSN: 0964-4733
DOI: 10.1002/bse.1805
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