AOM Scholars On… Leading the Sustainable Way Forward
Thursday 29 September at 10:00 EDT (UTC/GMT-4)
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A warming planet creates a wide range of risks for businesses—from disrupted supply chains to labor challenges to increasing investor demands, worker alienation, and other operational impacts. Plus, the United Nations announced in 2021 that 80 million jobs would be at risk if rising temperature predictions materialize, with productivity impacted by unlivable working environments.
Couple these challenges with the fact that global governments have been historically slow to enact regulations and policies to help improve the growing climate challenge, non-government organizations (NGOs), sustainability experts and workers at large are increasingly calling on firms to step up and help provide sustainable solutions.
With this reality, just how can firms lead sustainably and be part of the solution to climate change?
To answer this question, join AOM Scholars as they share their expertise and research-based insights for a discussion on how firms can “lead the sustainable way forward.” AOM’s SME panelists will provide insights on ways in which firms can foster effective, profit-driven organizations, while simultaneously practicing corporate accountability and leading sustainable growth.
The panel will also feature discussion regarding:
- Growing and maintaining sustainable cultures and organizational buy-in
- Employee well-being and creating sustainable work cultures
- Encouraging sustainable practices among employees
- Employee and leader activism
- Attracting and maintaining talent with climate goals
- Profits versus ethical behavior
- Measuring CSR in firms
- Achieving corporate sustainability goals
- Social enterprise
- The corporation’s role in CSR amid government stagnation on climate initiatives
- Global sustainable supply chains
This panel is AOM’s sixth Subject Matter Expert Panel in the “AOM Scholars On…” series that provides actionable, research-based insights to the most pressing issues facing organizations and workers globally.
Tima Bansal is the Executive Director (and Founder) of the Network for Business Sustainability (www.nbs.net), a growing network of more than 35,000 followers from management research and practice committed to advancing sustainable business.
Tima’s research targets the interplay between business strategy and sustainability.
She has received significant accolades for her scholarship including holding a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Business Sustainability and being the first Canadian named a Faculty Pioneer for Academic Leadership by the Aspen Institute, a global forum for business and society headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Tima’s notable AOM research includes:
- Sustainable Development in an Age of Disruption, Academy of Management Discoveries
- Monsanto Company – Doing Business in India, Academy of Management Learning & Education
- Cocreating Rigorous and Relevant Knowledge, Academy of Management Journal
Christian Busch, FRSA, is an internationally known expert in the areas of innovation, purpose-driven leadership and serendipity. He is the director of the SPS CGA Global Economy Program at New York University. He also teaches at the London School of Economics.
His bestselling book, The Serendipity Mindset: The Art & Science of Creating Good Luck, has been highlighted as a "wise, exciting and life-changing book" by Arianna Huffington. Paul Poman says it “offers excellent practical guidance for all.”
He is member of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Expert Forum, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, among Diplomatic Courier’s "Top 99 Influencers", and on the Thinkers50 list of the 30 thinkers “most likely to shape the future.”
Christian’s notable AOM research includes:
- Align or Perish: Dynamic Social Enterprise Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa, Academy of Management Proceedings
- How and why does the network of social entrepreneurs in low-income contexts influence performance?, Academy of Management Proceedings
- Transcending homophily: Navigating institutional change in ethnically fragmented societies, Academy of Management Proceedings
Joerg S. Hofstetter is an academic expert in circular economy, corporate sustainability, global value chains and multinational, multi-tier supply chains with over 20 years of experience.
In addition to his role as Associate Professor in Supply Chain Management at Kedge Business School, he is head of its lab “Sustainable Supply Chains,” president of the International Forum on Sustainable Value Chains (ISVC), lecturer at the University of St. Gallen and fellow of the Center for Organization Research & Design (CORD) at Arizona State University.
A German national, Joerg has extensive knowledge in circular economy, sustainability in multinational multi-tier supply chains, sustainability in procurement, global value chains, value chain mapping, sub-supplier management, supplier development, distribution management and corporate supply chain management.
Joerg’s notable AOM research includes:
- Formal Governance for Supplier Engagement in Sustainability Initiatives: A Field Experiment, Academy of Management Proceedings
- Why Emerging Market Suppliers Do Not Meet a Social Standard’s Requirements: The Role of Aspirations, Academy of Management Proceedings
- Exploring sustainability compliance of sub-suppliers, Academy of Management Proceedings
- Capabilities for Corporate Sustainability Standards Institutionalization along the Supply Chain, Academy of Management, Proceedings
- Institutional Work in the Design of Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives: Role of Key Resources, Academy of Management Proceedings
Sukhbir Sandhu is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Workplace Excellence (CWeX) at the Business School of the University of South Australia.
Sukhbir's research focuses on social and environmental sustainability issues that confront organizations and societies. Her current research investigates the external drivers that push organizations to act on sustainability issues and the internal strategy and structure changes required to successfully accommodate these social and environmental initiatives.
Sukhbir’s research on organizational sustainability has been recognized with a prestigious Research Impact on Practice Award from the Network for Business Sustainability. Her research has also been listed in The Financial Times’ "all-time top 100 social science research" that can lead to meaningful social impact and help improve society.
Sukhbir’s notable AOM research includes:
- Facilitators, Champions and Prospectors: The Role of Sustainability Managers, Academy of Management Proceedings
- Towards an Integrative Conceptual Framework for Corporate Social and Environmental Sustainability, Academy of Management Proceedings
- How National Background Conditions Shape the Economic Payoffs of Corporate Environmental Performance, Academy of Management Proceedings
Sanjay Sharma is Dean and Professor of Sustainable Business at the Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont. Prior to his appointment as Dean of the Grossman School of Business in 2011, he was the Dean of the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal and the Canada Research Chair in Organizational Sustainability.
Sanjay is a pioneer in corporate sustainability research with nine books and several articles published in top tier business journals.
His book Competing for a Sustainable World: Building Capacity for Sustainable Innovation was a runner up for the Best Book Award from the Academy of Management in 2015 and his recent research monograph Patient Capital: the Role of Family Firms in Sustainable Business was
published by the Cambridge University Press in 2019.
Sanjay’s notable AOM research includes:
- Managerial Interpretations and Organizational Context as Predictors of Corporate Choice of Environmental Strategy, Academy of Management Journal
- A Contingent Resource-Based View of Proactive Corporate Environmental Strategy, Academy of Management Review
- From Environmental Strategy To Environmental Impact, Academy of Management Discoveries