Understanding Sustainability Innovations Through Positive Ethical Networks
Author(s)Dossa, Zahir A.; Kaeufer, Katrin
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In this paper, a positive organizational ethics (POE)-based framework is informed by the microfinance and socially responsible investing movements to capture the process of sustainable financial innovations. Both of these movements are uniquely characterized by the formation of positive ethical networks (PENs) to develop sustainability innovations in response to external crises. The crisis–PEN–innovation framework proposed makes four contributions to the POE literature: (1) positions corporate sustainability through a POE lens; (2) formalizes the PEN construction through POE theory; (3) proposes PENs are mobilized to respond to external crises; and (4) demonstrates how PENs facilitate sustainability innovations. The theoretical framework is tested using theory-guided process tracing in the sustainable banking sector to understand how sustainability innovations were realized. The findings are consistent with the crisis–PEN–innovation framework proposed.
DepartmentCommunity Innovators Lab (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Journal of Business Ethics
Springer Science+Business Media
Dossa, Zahir, and Katrin Kaeufer. “Understanding Sustainability Innovations Through Positive Ethical Networks.” J Bus Ethics 119, no. 4 (February 2014): 543–559.
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