Impacts of Sustainability: A Multi-Level Synthesis and Research Agenda

59 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2011

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Pavlos A. Vlachos

ALBA Graduate Business School,The American College of Greece

Paulina Papastathopoulou

Athens University of Economics and Business - Department of Marketing and Communication

Katerina Pramatari

Athens University of Economics and Business - Department of Management Science and Technology

Date Written: June 6, 2011

Abstract

The deterioration of environmental and societal conditions worldwide has initiated extensive discussions on what has been coined as sustainability and to what extent the relevant actions constitute an imperative or alternatively disorientate businesses for their main scope. Despite the attention given on this topic, there exists a noticeable lack of empirical studies concerning how sustainability affects the economy and society. Therefore, it seems timely to set a research agenda that would focus on the examination of its impact on three levels, namely micro-level (i.e. individual social groups), meso-level (i.e. business) and macro-level (i.e. law, politics, non-governmental and public organizations). Equally important is also the understanding of how antecedents and moderators shape the impacts of sustainability initiatives at these levels. Based on an interdisciplinary conceptual framework, the article provides a synthesis of the extant literature and suggests avenues for future research on this issue.

Suggested Citation

Vlachos, Pavlos A. and Papastathopoulou, Paulina and Pramatari, Katerina, Impacts of Sustainability: A Multi-Level Synthesis and Research Agenda (June 6, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1858732 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1858732

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Paulina Papastathopoulou

Athens University of Economics and Business - Department of Marketing and Communication ( email )

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Katerina Pramatari

Athens University of Economics and Business - Department of Management Science and Technology ( email )

Athens GR-11362
Greece
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