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An Overview of Modern Corporate Sustainability

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The role of governance from a sustainable supply chain management perspective is receiving more attention from scholars and practitioners. However, several aspects still remain unclear including how corporate sustainability approaches are implemented and aligned with governance mechanisms at the supply chain level. With the aim of filling this gap in the literature, an empirical investigation is proposed by analysing seven case studies through the lenses of contingency theory, the strategic alignment perspective and the resource-based view of organisations. 

Findings include the characterisation of three sustainability profiles, namely sustainability leaders, sustainability practitioners and traditionalists; a classification of the governance mechanisms on the basis of their level of collaboration and formalisation; the identification of factors that enable governance mechanisms. The empirical results are useful to practitioners seeking to implement sustainability initiatives at the supply chain level, and to scholars for further theory development and refinement.

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Paolo Taticchi

Principal Teaching Fellow in Management & Sustainability
Executive Director of Global Student Experience
Imperial College Business School

Dr Paolo Taticchi, Imperial College Business School

He teaches modules on sustainability and competitive advantage, strategy, global operations and projects, and the future of cities. Paolo formerly served as Director of the school’s top-ranked MSc Management and Global Online MBA.

Alongside his work at Imperial, Paolo is regularly invited to teach on international MBA and EMBA programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, and teaches as an Adjunct Professor at NYU in the US and a Visiting Professor at ESAN Business School in Peru. He has teaching experience in 14 countries in total.

Paolo’s research on performance measurement and management, business networks, and corporate sustainability is internationally recognised. He has authored over 50 published academic journal articles, and edited and co-authored the books Business Performance Measurement and Management: New Contexts, Themes and Challenges and Corporate Sustainability (over 90,000 chapter downloads), published by Springer. He is regularly invited to give keynote talks at academic, governmental, and industry conferences.

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