Towards Sustainability: Examining the Drivers and Change Process within SMEs

  •  Ken Sloan    
  •  Beate Klingenberg    
  •  Carolilne Rider    


Sustainability appears to be at the forefront of business topics for the 21st century. Over the past twenty to thirty
years, businesses have changed their attitude towards sustainability from rejection to elevating it to a key
strategic organization goal, based on the realization that sustainability is not only good for the planet, but
financially rewarding. This development results in the need for frameworks describing how organizations can
successfully manage the change towards sustainability. This paper provides a thorough literature review of the
current stage of the development of such frameworks, as well as a comparison with assessments of where 21st
century corporations stand with regards to sustainability. The authors find that while valuable frameworks exist,
there is a lack of understanding of whether and how these frameworks work for Small and Medium size
Enterprises (SMEs). Building upon the existing models, this paper proposes a pathway for empirical research
leading to the alignment and adjustment of these models to the needs of SMEs.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
  • ISSN(Print): 1925-4725
  • ISSN(Online): 1925-4733
  • Started: 2011
  • Frequency: semiannual

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