Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives on Sustainability: A Cross-Disciplinary Review and Research Agenda for Business Ethics

Business Ethics Quarterly 29 (3):343-383 (2019)
  Copy   BIBTEX


ABSTRACT:Although the literature on multi-stakeholder initiatives 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, we show that the scholarly debate rests on three broad themes : theinputinto creating and governing MSIs; theinstitutionalizationof MSIs; and theimpactthat 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.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 83,890

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Psychology and Business Ethics: A Multi-level Research Agenda.Gazi Islam - 2020 - Journal of Business Ethics 165 (1):1-13.
Stakeholder Salience, Shifting Networks and Sustainability.David Saiia - 2005 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 16:342-346.
The Institutionalization of Sustainability in Business Organizations.James Weber & John Wargofchik - 2012 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 23:122-132.
Three Elements of Stakeholder Legitimacy.Adele Santana - 2012 - Journal of Business Ethics 105 (2):257-265.
Stakeholder democracy: towards a multi‐disciplinary view.Ciaran Driver Andrew Crane - 2005 - Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility 14 (1):67-75.


Added to PP

28 (#445,580)

6 months
4 (#199,280)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?