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The distribution of sustainability decision-making in manufacturing networks
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Management.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Management.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1185-3696
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Sustainable production development.
2019 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 18, article id 4871Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In order to contribute to research on implementing business sustainability, this study aims to explore the distribution of decision-making authority related to economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Sustainability objectives between different organizational levels in multinational manufacturing enterprises (MMEs) are investigated. The research is fundamentally exploratory. We conducted a multiple case study endeavor with nine participating case organizations. The study identified five different decision-making approaches to sustainability in multinational manufacturing enterprises. The findings showed that there was no consistent way of deciding upon sustainability issues. Some case organizations seemed to regard sustainability as a global concern, while others regarded it as a more local concern. In general, the economic sustainability dimension was regarded as more of a global concern, while the environmental dimension was more of a local concern, and the social dimension more of an integrated concern. The findings of this study can act as guidance for managers when implementing or improving sustainability strategies. The findings will also serve as a map to navigate and understand what should be given the strongest priority in different situations concerning decision-making relating to sustainability in manufacturing processes and networks.

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MDPI, 2019. Vol. 11, no 18, article id 4871
Keywords [en]
sustainability strategy; decision-sustainability strategy; decision-making; multinational manufacturing enterprises; manufacturing networks
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Other Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-258208DOI: 10.3390/su11184871Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85072649500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-258208DiVA, id: diva2:1349852
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Available from: 2019-09-10 Created: 2019-09-10 Last updated: 2019-10-17Bibliographically approved

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