5a. Corporate sustainability and CSR

Corporate sustainability management: strategies, business mod-els and entrepreneurship

Track Chairs:

Rupert J. Baumgartner. Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research, University of Graz, Austria. rupert.baumgartner@uni-graz.at

Arun Sahay. Birla Institute of Management Technology, India. arun.sahay@bimtech.ac.in

Goals and objectives of the track

Companies are important actors in any kind of (un-)sustainable development. Given this central role, different concepts and frameworks have been developed to support companies to integrate sustaina-bility issues into their business activities and to measure the success of such initiatives. A central objec-tive of this track is to discuss corporate sustainability management (including strategies, business models, and entrepreneurship) in relation to its effects on Sustainable Development. This track offers a forum to discuss about recent developments, results as well as ongoing transdisciplinary research ac-tivities in the fields of sustainability management, sustainable business models and sustainable entre-preneurship.
Following main questions are of interest:
- What is the contribution of sustainability strategies, business models and sustainable entrepre-neurship to Sustainable Development?
- How can strategies and business models be implemented, both in companies and in a network of companies?
- Are current sustainability management approaches and strategies a sufficient contribution to Sustainable Development or are there limitations (for instance relative vs. absolute sustainabil-ity performance) which should be taken into account?
- Which factors support or hinder the implementation of sustainability management approaches, strategies and business models in business practice?
- How can manager deal with trade-offs between economic goals and environmental/social goals?
- What is the role of leadership and organizational culture for sustainability management?
- Which frameworks and tools support sustainable entrepreneurship?
- How can corporates themselves become sustainable in the wider context of people, planet and profit?

Themes and topics
We encourage descriptive as well as explanatory contributions and invite contributions that specifical-ly, but not exclusively, deal with the following topics:

  • Sustainability management/CSR and sustainability strategies: experiences, developments, bar-riers and actors
  • Sustainability management/CSR and Resilience
  • Strategic sustainability management
  • Leadership and sustainability management
  • Sustainability management and organizational culture
  • Sustainable business models
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Sustainability Actions and Behaviours


You may submit your abstract by visiting the Ex Ordo abstract submission system (you will be required to setup an account first): http://isdrs2018.exordo.com
Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2017 7 January 2018