Systematic Review

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Systematic Review


Corporate short-termism is one of the most significant issues confronting both business and society today. Short-term action offers quick wins, while long-term action offers lasting success and sustainability. Businesses must take both kinds of action — but too often, they prioritize the short term.

Bringing Long-Term Thinking into Business provides authoritative insight into on how businesses can better incorporate long-term thinking. Researchers Dr. David Souder, Dr. Greg Reilly and Ms. Rebecca Ranucci (University of Connecticut) have systematically reviewed relevant research, drawing on over 200 publications.

Designed primarily for academics, this Systematic Review describes:

  • Factors affecting short- and long-term thinking in organizations
  • The impacts of short and long-term thinking on organizational outcomes
  • Remaining research needs

About the Research

This report addresses one of the top priorities identified by the NBS Canada Leadership Council in 2014. NBS systematic reviews synthesize existing research and practical knowledge to provide guidance on key sustainability issues.

Practitioner Tools

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 12.52.30 PM Executive Report (20 pages): This executive summary outlines key takeaways from the research.
Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 10.54.37 AM Primer (4 pages): This primer provides a simple handout to share with colleagues or industry peers to introduce others to the topic.
Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 11.23.56 AM Graphics: This graphics package allows practitioners or researchers to use the images contained in the report in their next presentation.
Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 12.52.30 PM Systematic Review (75 pages): The review outlines the full research. It helps readers understand the nuances of the research and obtain deeper insights into long-term thinking.