Research Insight

Research Insight

If your sustainability strategy is weak, don't be surprised if your firm has to jump through hoops to secure funds. A strong strategy breaks down barriers. It's all about good relationships.  The degree to which sustainability stimulates value cre...

Lauren Turner
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Successful social entrepreneurs know it's not an "either/or" question. It's "both/and" leadership. If it feels like your social enterprise has bitten off more than it can chew, you’re not alone. Social enterprises have multiple and often conflict...

Melanie Goldmintz
Tara Hadler
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Poverty alleviation is increasingly about investing “patient” capital in promising individuals with powerful ideas. And, it's tied to economic growth. To alleviate poverty, organizations should invest “patient capital” in a few game-changing entre...

Melanie Goldmintz
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New research places business leaders at the centre of management innovation, providing inspiration for researchers and leadership for fellow practitioners. How Business Influences Research If you suspected the Harvard Business Review influences bu...

Kevin Hurren
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Research suggests norms for political correctness can positively effect workplace creativity by sharpening an individual’s contribution to a group. The Unexpected Benefits of Political Correcteness in Creative Workplaces Some people consider polit...

Kevin Hurren
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Using the example of 3M and its implementation of Sigma Six policies, researchers investigate how corporate culture can ultimately be reshaped. How Six Sigma Changed Corporate Culture at 3M When a new leader arrives at an organization, he or she s...

Kevin Hurren
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Research suggests that even when women get the opportunity to dictate their own pay—such as within their own social enterprises—they still settle for less.  Gender Gaps in Pay in the Social Enterprise Space When it comes to gender pay gaps, the in...

Kevin Hurren
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How social activism can make stakeholders worry, and turn into real financial loss—to the tune of tens of millions. Testing the Relationship between Perceived Environmental Risk and Tangible Financial Loss A study by Vasi and King (2012) says soci...

Lauren Turner
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Researchers look at how firms get involved with CSR, not just why. Making Commitments Compatible with Business Competencies Committing to sustainability isn’t always an easy decision. And even once you’ve committed, there are more decisions ahead....

Kevin Hurren
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Research demonstrates that it can be more valuable to send infrequent, loaded reports to investors. A Frog-in-the-Pan Hypothesis on Marketplace Communication Investors, as a result of the stock market’s nature, need to react to information at a mo...

Kevin Hurren
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High performance teams often face opposing management strategies. Rodrigo Canales explores pros and cons of management strategies in microfinance. Opposing Management Strategies in Microfinance Managers come in all shapes and sizes. Is there a man...

Kevin Hurren
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Social media has a different role with sustainability than within sales and marketing. Research identifies its value in augmenting sustainability dialogue. How Firms Like McDonald’s Use Social Media to Build Community Trust Corporate stewardship w...

Danielle Offenbacher
Tara Hadler
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Size and shape of a product affect recycling behaviour. This means many recyclables go to waste. How can we solve this problem? How Size and Shape Affect Recycling Behaviour When in doubt, throw it out. For years, this slogan belonged to food saf...

Kevin Hurren
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Research provides a strategy marketers can use to increase conservation behaviour. The key to success? Properly combine the right elements in your message. How to Write an Effective Conservation Ad New research, published in Journal of Marketing R...

Chelsea Hicks-Webster
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Learn to set your company-community relationship to "just right." No company can function independently from the community in which it operates. This is especially true for small businesses. What’s more, a mutually supportive company-community re...

Gareth Everard
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Businesses in the same value chain can reap great benefit by using a common strategy for corporate social responsibility (CSR). Businesses in the same value chain can reap great benefit by using a common strategy for corporate social responsibilit...

REDD
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If your firm is struggling to justify its sustainable activities, you'd better keep at least one aspect in good standing: your behaviour. If your firm is struggling to justify its sustainable activities, you'd better keep at least one aspect in go...

Lauren Turner
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In small businesses, size and flat hierarchies make ecodesign changes easier to implement. The Competitive Advantage of Ecodesign for Small Business Ecodesign means designing products that minimize environmental impact along the entire product lif...

Marie Demode
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New research from MIT suggests three things your company can do to generate profit from sustainability activities. Findings are based on a 2012 survey conducted as part of MIT’s Sustainability & Innovation Global Executive Study. The study was co...

Lauren Turner
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Discover how baking sustainability into your firm's HR processes attracts better, more motivated talent.  Human resource (HR) professionals play an important role in improving a firm’s social performance and can help integrate sustainability initi...

Agnès Rossignol
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Implementing ISO 14001 is not only a response to pressure from external stakeholders, including government.  Environmental Management Systems Many firms use ISO’s 14000 standards to support various aspects of environmental management.  ISO 14001,...

Agnès Rossignol
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Marketers can more effectively promote sustainable decision-making by telling their audiences about the sustainable actions of others. Leveraging Social Norms to Drive Sustainable Decision-Making Consumers are increasingly aware of the harmful eff...

Kate Whitfield
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Ivey’s Caroline Flammer Sheds Light on the Link Between CSR and Financial Performance For decades research has suggested that corporate social responsibility (CSR) improves corporate financial performance (CFP). Dr. Caroline Flammer of Western Un...

Lauren Turner
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Sustainable innovation is a process. And sometimes, this involves collecting – and implementing – feedback from thousands of stakeholders.  How a Spanish Retailer Grew 15 Percent with Collaborative Decision-Making Collect input from 12,000 employe...

Tara Hadler
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Following oil spills like the Exxon Valdez, new environmental regulations drove the fastest changes in oil tanker design the industry had ever seen. Environmental Regulations Drive the Fastest Changes in Oil Tanker Design A historical analysis of ...

Thomas Long