“Just like in the movies”: Popular media and ethical business schools of the future

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Knowledge, skills, and attitudes to manage sustainable development have become significant components of different career paths. Previous research has explored which competencies are needed for future change agents in the field of sustainable development. Sustainable entrepreneurship can be seen as a promising work context in which these competencies are truly at the forefront and enacted. Several researchers have compiled frameworks of key competencies. However, their work is exploratory in nature and a more in-depth analysis of these frameworks is called for. In this study, an existing competence framework for sustainable entrepreneurship was tested in terms of construct validity, among 402 would-be entrepreneurs. The results suggest the inclusion of six competencies, which constitute a competence framework with a good model fit. Furthermore, a new combination of two existing competencies is proposed. This study has important implications for the debate on which competencies for sustainable entrepreneurship are essential on theoretical and empirical grounds.
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The move towards a "greener" or more environmentally-responsible framework of business operations has begun to be mirrored in the research and teaching work of many academics. However, it is suggested that the fields of entrepreneurship and SME studies have lagged somewhat behind other disciplines when it comes to including sustainable development concepts in their contemporary research agenda. A review of the recent research shows that, compared to larger firms, most SMEs tend to be somewhat reactive to environmental issues, and limited to small-scale, ad-hoc changes in business activities. Clearly there is room for substantial improvement in the environmental performance of small firms. It is suggested that there are four major areas in which a new agenda of sustainable development can be adopted within the fields of entrepreneurship and SME studies: · Evaluating and measuring the environmental impact of small firms · Understanding the role of green entrepreneurs ("ecopreneurs") and the factors which promote or hinder their development · The inclusion of environmental and sustainable development issues within the educational curriculum · Developing a better understanding of how business advisory services and government policy can help or hinder the creation of "greener" businesses.
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Operations management researchers and practitioners face new challenges in integrating issues of sustainability with their traditional areas of interest. During the past 20 years, there has been growing pressure on businesses to pay more attention to the environmental and resource consequences of the products and services they offer and the processes they deploy. One symptom of this pressure is the movement towards triple bottom line reporting (3BL) concerning the relationship of profit, people and the planet. The resulting challenges include integrating environmental, health, and safety concerns with green product design, lean and green operations, and closed-loop supply chains. We review these and other 'sustainability' themes covered in the first 50 issues of Production and Operations Management and conclude with some thoughts on future research challenges in sustainable operations management.
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Environmental management has become an issue of substantial concern, particularly in the chemical industry. A comparative study of U.S. and German chemical companies shows that they adopt substantially different strategies to express this concern. Four different strategies have been identified, and the characteristics that indicate responses to environmental factors are substantially different among the clusters. It is suggested that regulatory agencies should take these differences into account, and that companies that have adopted a particular strategy should be aware of alternative approaches by their competitors. The choice of new technology and the R&D portfolio will be affected by the strategies chosen.
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