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Reading List 2017/18

Introduction to Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, 2019/20, Semester F05
David Gilding
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

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Essential reading:

Theme 2: Grand theories:

Elkington, J. (1994), “Towards the Sustainable Corporation: Win-Win-Win Business Strategies for Sustainable Development”, California management review., Volume 36, Issue 2, pages 90-100.  

“Chapter 4: Stakeholder Theory of the Modern Corporation” by Freeman E,, pages 171-181. IN: Hartman, L.P. (2001), Perspectives in business ethics, Published Mcgraw-Hill Education, USA, Source:  

“Preface”, pages xi-xvi. IN: Hawken, P. (1993), The ecology of commerce : a declaration of sustainability, Publish New York: HarperCollins Publishers, (Available on the Minerva).  

Lovins, A., Lovins, H. & Hawken, P., 2007, “A Road Map for Natural Capitalism”. Harvard business review., Volume 85, Issue 7/8, pages 172-183.  

Theme 1: Consumer behaviour on sustainability issues:

Young C.W., Hwang K., McDonald S. & Oates C. (2010), “Sustainable consumption: green consumer behaviour when purchasing products”, Sustainable development (Bradford, West Yorkshire, England), Volume 18, pages 18-31.  

Young CW; Russell SV; Robinson CA; Chintakayala PK (2017), “Sustainable retailing - influencing consumer behaviour on food waste”, Business Strategy and the Environment, Early View.  

Theme 3: Managing sustainability in supply chains:

Dickin, P (2014) Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy, London: Sage, Part 4, The Picture in Different Sectors, especially sections on the Agro-Food Industries (ch 13) and Clothing Industries (ch 14).  

Muller, C., Vermeulen, W.J.V. & Glasbergen, P. (2012), "Pushing or sharing as value-driven strategies for societal change in global supply chains: two case studies in the British-South African fresh fruit supply chain." Business Strategy and the Environment, Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 127-140. 

Vermeulen, W.J.V. (2015) “Self-Governance for Sustainable Global Supply Chains: Can it Deliver the Impacts Needed? ” Business strategy and the environment., Volume 24, pages: 73-85.  

Theme 4: Incorporating sustainability into decision-making:

“Chapter 8: Fairness and Ethics in Decision Making”, pages 132-159. IN: Bazerman, M. H., & Moore, D. A. (2013), Judgment in managerial decision making, Published New York: Wiley .  

Newell, B. R., McDonald, R. I., Brewer, M., & Hayes, B. K. (2014), “The psychology of environmental decisions”, Annual review of environment and resources., Volume 39, pages 443-467.  

Theme 5: Transparency and reporting on sustainability.

Kolk, A (2010), “Trajectories of sustainability reporting by MNCs”, Journal of world business., Volume 45, pages 367–374.  

Milne, M., Gray, R (2013) “W(h)ither Ecology? The Triple Bottom Line, the Global Reporting Initiative, and Corporate Sustainability Reporting”, Journal of business ethics., Volume 118, pages :13–29.  

Theme 6: Case studies of sustainable companies:

“Emiliana Organic Vineyards”, (2015), Sustainability Report, Source:  

“Appendix 1: Extended case study A: Marks & Spencer – how serious is sustainability? ”, pages 313-322. IN: Blowfield, M. (2013), Business and sustainability,Published Oxford: Oxford University Press.   

“Appendix 2: Extended case study B: Unilever – evolution of a sustainability strategy”, pages 323-330. IN: Blowfield, M. (2013), Business and sustainability,Published Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Useful reading:

Barrientos, S. and Dolan, C. (2006) Ethical sourcing in the global food system, London: Earthscan.

Blowfield, M. (2013) Business and sustainability. Oxford University Press.

Crane, A. & Matten, D. (2007) Business ethics : managing corporate citizenship and sustainability in the age of globalization, 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dicken, P. (2011) Global shift : mapping the changing contours of the world economy. London : SAGE.

Kopnina, H. and Shoreman-Ouimet, E. (Eds) (2016) Sustainable business : key issues, London: Routledge.

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Background reading:

Bansal P. & Hoffman A.J. (Ed) (2012) The Oxford handbook of business and the natural environment. Oxford : Oxford University Press.

Crane, A. et al. (Ed) (2009) The Oxford handbook of corporate social responsibility. Oxford : Oxford University Press.

Dine, J., (2005), Companies, international trade and human rights Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Elkington, John, (1999) Cannibals with forks : the triple bottom line of 21st century business Oxford : Capstone.

Harrison, R. Newholm, T. Shaw, D. (2005). The ethical consumer London: Sage.

Lovins, L.H., Hawkins, P. & Lovins, A.B. (2000), Natural capitalism : the next industrial revolution Earthscan. London.

McDonough, W. (2002), Cradle to cradle : remaking the way we make things, North Point Press. New York.

Raynolds, L.T. and Bennett. E.A. (Eds) (2015) Handbook of research on fair trade. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar.

Sharma, S. (2014). Competing for a sustainable world : building capacity for sustainable innovation / Sanjay Sharma. Sheffield : Greenleaf Publishing.

Smith N.C. & Lenssen G. (Ed) (2009) Mainstreaming corporate responsibility. Chichester : Wiley.

Starkey, R. & Welford, R. (1996), The Earthscan reader in business and the environment, Earthscan, London.

Stead, W.E. & Stead, J.G. (2004), Sustainable strategic management New York: M.E. Sharpe

Utting, P. (Ed)(2002), The greening of business in developing countries : rhetoric, reality, and prospects, London: Zed Books.

von Weizaecker, W., Lovins, A. & Lovins, L. (1997), Factor four : doubling wealth - halving resource use : the new report to the Club of Rome, Earthscan, London.

Zadek, S. (2007) The civil corporation : the new economy of corporate citizenship, London: Earthscan.

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