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Module Reading List

Tools and Techniques for Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Dr Andrea Taylor
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 2: The state of the planet and business implications

WWF. (2016). Living planet report.2016. Gland, Switzerland.: WWF International. 

Hardin, G. (1968). The Tragedy of the Commons. Science., 162(3859), 1243-1248.

Week 3: Alternative Business Models

Bocken, N.M.P. et al. 2014. A literature and practice review to develop sustainable business model archetypes. Journal of Cleaner Production. 65, pp.42-56.

Week 4: Eco-efficiency

Kabongo, J. D., and Boiral, O. (2017) Doing More with Less: Building Dynamic Capabilities for Eco-Efficiency. Business strategy and the environment., doi: 10.1002/bse.1958.

Stigson, B., Madden, K., Young, R., Brady, K., Hall, J., (2006) Eco-efficiency Learning Module. World Bus. Counc. Sustain. Dev. 231.  

Week 5: Life Cycle Assessment

Finnveden, G., Hauschild, M. Z., Ekvall, T., Guinée, J., Heijungs, R., Hellweg, S., Suh, S. (2009). Recent developments in Life Cycle Assessment. Journal of environmental management, 91(1), 1-21. doi:

Chang, D., Lee, C. K. M., & Chen, C.-H. (2014). Review of life cycle assessment towards sustainable product development. Journal of Cleaner Production, 83(Supplement C), 48-60. doi:

Kouloumpis, V., Pell, R.S., Correa-Cano, M.E., Yan, X., 2020. Potential trade-offs between eliminating plastics and mitigating climate change: An LCA perspective on Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles in Cornwall. Sci. Total Environ. 727, 138681.

Week 6: Reading Week – Catch up on reading and prepare future readings

Week 7: Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

Siebert, A., Bezama, A., O’Keeffe, S., Thrän, D., 2018. Social life cycle assessment indices and indicators to monitor the social implications of wood-based products. Journal of Cleaner Production. 172, 4074–4084.

Fauzi, R.T., Lavoie, P., Sorelli, L., Heidari, M.D., Amor, B., 2019. Exploring the current challenges and opportunities of Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment. Sustainability . 11, 1–17.

Benoît, C., Norris, G.A., Valdivia, S., Ciroth, A., Moberg, A., Bos, U., Prakash, S., Ugaya, C., Beck, T., 2010. The guidelines for social life cycle assessment of products: Just in time! The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. 15, 156–163.

Week 8: Circular Economy

Bauwens, T., Hekkert, M., Kirchherr, J., 2020. Circular futures: What Will They Look Like? Ecol. Econ. 175, 106703.

Pauliuk, S., 2018. Critical appraisal of the circular economy standard BS 8001:2017 and a dashboard of quantitative system indicators for its implementation in organizations. Resour. Conserv. Recycl. 129, 81–92.

Hobson, K., 2020. The limits of the loops: critical environmental politics and the Circular Economy. Env. Polit. 1–19.

Week 9: Individual level behaviour change

Bansal, P. (2003). From issues to actions: The importance of individual concerns and organizational values in responding to natural environmental issues. Organization science., 14(5), 510-527.

Andersson, L. M., Shivarajan, S., & Blau, G. (2005). Enacting ecological sustainability in the MNC: A test of an Adapted Value-Belief-Norm Framework. Journal of business ethics., 59(3), 295-305.

Week 10: Nudging and Incentives

Introduction (Pages 1-14) of Thaler, R. & Sustein, C. (2008) Nudge : improving decisions about health, wealth, and happiness.Yale University Press, New Haven and London.

Pages 1-29 of Schubert, C. (2015) Green Nudges: Do they work? Are they ethical?Joint Discussion Paper in Economics - Available onlin here.

Maki, A. (2019). The potential cost of nudges. Nature Climate Change, 9(6), 439-439.

Week 11: Communicating environmental challenges

Bruine de Bruin, W., & Bostrom, A. (2013). Assessing what to address in science communication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(Supplement 3), 14062-14068. Available online:

Week 11 Stakeholder Engagement

Laplume, A. O., Sonpar, K., & Litz, R. A. (2008). Stakeholder Theory: Reviewing a Theory That Moves Us. Journal of management., 34(6), 1152-1189. doi: 10.1177/0149206308324322

Fassin, Y. (2009). The Stakeholder Model Refined. Journal of business ethics., 84(1), 113-135. doi: 10.1007/s10551-008-9677-4


Week 14: Organisational change for sustainability

Part 1: Towards third wave corporations (pp. 1-58) of Benn, S., Dunphy, D., & Griffiths, A., (2014). Organizational Change for Corporate Sustainability. London: Routledge.

Russell, S. V., & McIntosh, M. (2011). Changing organizational culture for sustainability. In N. M. Ashkanasy, C. P. M. Wilderom & M. F. Peterson (Eds.), Handbook of organizational culture and climate (2nd ed., pp. 393-412). Thousand Oaks: Sage. Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE

Week 15: Presentations from organisations

Week 16: Presentations from organisations

Week 17: Sustainability reporting

Mathews, M. R. (1997). Twenty‐five years of social and environmental accounting research: Is there a silver jubilee to celebrate? Accounting, auditing & accountability journal., 10(4), 481-531. doi: doi:10.1108/EUM0000000004417

Brown, J., & Fraser, M. (2006). Approaches and perspectives in social and environmental accounting: an overview of the conceptual landscape.Business strategy and the environment., 15(2), 103-117. doi: 10.1002/bse.452

Adams, C. A. (2004). The ethical, social and environmental reporting‐performance portrayal gap. Accounting, auditing & accountability journal., 17(5), 731-757. doi: doi:10.1108/09513570410567791

Week 18: Environmental management systems

Levy, D. L., Szejnwald Brown, H., & de Jong, M. (2010). The Contested Politics of Corporate Governance: The Case of the Global Reporting Initiative. Business and society, 49(1), 88-115. doi: 10.1177/0007650309345420

Schaefer, A. (2007). Contrasting Institutional and Performance Accounts of Environmental Management Systems: Three Case Studies in the UK Water & Sewerage Industry*. Journal of management studies, 44(4), 506-535. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2006.00677.x

Week 19: Measuing the effectiveness of interventions

Unsworth, K. L., Davis, M. C., Russell, S. V., & Bretter, C. (2021). Employee green behavior: How organizations can help the environment. Current Opinion in Psychology. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2020.12.006

Davis, M. C., Unsworth, K. L., Russell, S. V., & Galvan, J. J. (2020). Can green behaviors really be increased for all employees? Trade-offs for “deep greens” in a goal-oriented green human resource management intervention. Business Strategy and the Environment, 29(2), 335-346. doi:10.1002/bse.2367

Russell, S. V., Evans, A., Fielding, K. S., & Hill, C. (2016). Turn it off: An action research study of top management influence on energy conservation in the workplace. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 389. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00389

Young, W., Davis, M., McNeill, I. M., Malhotra, B., Russell, S., Unsworth, K., & Clegg, C. W. (2015). Changing behaviour: successful environmental programmes in the workplace. Business Strategy and the Environment, 24(8), 689-703. doi:10.1002/bse.1836

Week 20: Guest lecture

Week 21: Guest lecture

Week 22: Groupwork drop-in sessions

Week 23: Group presentations

Week 24: Group presentations

This list was last updated on 09/02/2022