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Author: Nils Peters
Title: Inter-organisational Design of Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives Increasing the Legitimacy of Sustainability Strategies for Supply Chains
Publisher: Gabler Verlag
ISBN/ISSN: 9783834987204
Edition: 1
Price: CHF 82,50
Publication date: 01/01/2010
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Category: Wirtschaft/Management
Language: English
Technical Data
Pages: 226
Kopierschutz: DRM
Geräte: PC/MAC/eReader/Tablet
Formate: PDF
Table of contents
Companies face two main challenges in the design of voluntary sustainability initiatives (VSIs): They recognise acceptance problems by different strategic stakeholders and opposition by competing initiatives and experience significant resource demands needed to set up VSIs and ask for more efficient solutions.

Dr. Nils Peters received a doctor's degree from the University of St.Gallen (HSG) in business administration at the chair of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stölzle. Since then he works as management consultant.
Table of contents
Geleitwort6
Vorwort7
Index9
List of Figures14
List of Tables16
List of Abbreviations18
Zusammenfassung20
Abstract21
1. Introduction22
1.1. Relevance of this research on the design of voluntary sustainability initiatives for supply chains and research objectives22
1.2. Research questions28
1.3. Positioning of the research within scientific theory30
1.4. Outline of the thesis36
2. Conceptual aspects of voluntary sustainability initiatives in the context of proactive sustainability strategies for supply chains39
2.1. Conceptual foundation and constituent elements of proactive sustainability strategies for supply chains39
2.1.1. The strategic approach of corporate sustainability39
2.1.2. Proactiveness of sustainability strategies45
2.1.3. Sustainability strategies for supply chains47
2.1.4. Constituent elements of proactive sustainability strategies for supply chains53
2.2. The objective to retain legitimacy with proactive sustainability strategies for supply chains54
2.2.1. The legitimising role of strategic stakeholders in the design of proactive sustainability strategies for supply chains54
2.2.2. A process model of involving stakeholders in the design of proactive sustainability strategies for supply chains61
2.2.3. Types of stakeholder relationships in the context of proactive sustainability strategies for supply chains63
2.3. Designs of voluntary sustainability initiatives in the context of proactive sustainability strategies for supply chains and legitimacy66
2.3.1. Voluntary sustainability initiatives and proactive sustainability strategies for supply chains66
2.3.2. Legitimising elements of voluntary sustainability initiatives for supply chains68
2.4. Intermediary recapitulation: relevance and legitimising elements of voluntary sustainability initiatives for supply chains73
3. Theoretical aspects of designing voluntary sustainability initiatives for supply chains75
3.1. Presentation of the theories applied to voluntary sustainability initiatives and legitimacy in the literature75
3.2. Institutional theory and its contribution to the design of voluntary sustainability initiatives for supply chains77
3.2.1. Characterisation of institutions in theory77
3.2.2. Voluntary sustainability initiatives for supply chains as institutions79
3.2.3. The emergence of voluntary sustainability initiatives for supply chains in the wider institutional field81
3.3. Institutional entrepreneurship and its contribution to the design of voluntary sustainability initiatives for supply chains83
3.3.1. Institutional entrepreneurship as an organisational strategy to influence institutions83
3.3.2. Th