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Corporate Sustainability: Reading List for Registered Research Students


This page offers access to a number of articles relevant to the corporate sustainability research field.

You need to be a registered Unisa student to access these resources.

List of Articles

Adomako, S (et al). 2019. Environmental sustainability orientation and performance of family and nonfamily firms. Business Strategy and the Environment, 28(6): 1250-1259. 

Bal, P. M., Matthews, L., Dóci, E., & McCarthy, L. P. 2021. An ideological analysis of sustainable careers: Identifying the role of fantasy and a way forward. Career Development International, 26(1): 83-101.

Baumgartner, R.J & Rauter, R. 2016. Strategic perspectives of corporate sustainability management to develop a sustainable organization. Journal of Cleaner Production, 140, 81-92.

Borland, H., Bhatti, Y., & Lindgreen, A. (2019). Sustainability and sustainable development strategies in the U.K. plastic electronics industry. Corporate Social-Responsibility and Environmental Management, 26(4), 805-818.

Clegg, S., Cunha, M.P.E. & Berti, M. 2022. Research movements and theorizing dynamics in management and organization studies, The Academy of Management review, 47(3): 382-401.

Danso, A. (et al). 2019. Environmental sustainability orientation, competitive strategy and financial performance. Business Strategy and the Environment, 28(5):885-895.

David-West, O., Iheanachor, N. & Umukoro, I. 2020. Sustainable business models for the creation of mobile financial services in NigeriaJournal of innovation & knowledge, 5(2):105-116.

Dyllick, T. & Muff, K. 2016. Clarifying the Meaning of Sustainable Business: Introducing a Typology From Business-as-Usual to True Business Sustainability. Organisation & Environment, 29, 156-174.

Girella, L., Rossi, P. & Zambon, S. 2019. Exploring the firm and country determinants of the voluntary adoption of integrated reportingBusiness strategy and the environment, 28(7): 323-1340.

Gregory, V. M. (2023).Gregory, V. M. (2023). Integrated report content evolution: A case study of the johannesburg securities exchange food and drug retail sector. South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, 26(1), 1-12.. South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, 26(1), 1-12.

Haney, AB., Pope, J. & Arden, Z. 2020. Making It Personal: Developing Sustainability Leaders in Business. Organization & environment, 33(2): 155

Johnson, R, Mans-Kemp, N & Erasmus, PD. 2019. Assessing the business case for environmental, social and corporate governance practices in South Africa. South African Journal of Economic and Management science, 22(1)



Aagaard, A., Lüdeke-Freund, F. & Wells, P. 2021. Business Models for Sustainability Transitions: How Organisations Contribute to Societal Transformation. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG. Available at: .

Arruda, G.M. & Johannsdottir, L. 2021. Corporate Social Responsibility in the Arctic: The New Frontiers of Business, Management, and Enterprise. Milton: Taylor and Francis.

Benn, S., Edwards, M. & Williams, T. 2021. Sustainability: A Key Idea for Business and Society. Milton: Taylor and Francis

Clarke, T. 2022. Comparative Corporate Governance: A Research Overview. Milton: Taylor & Francis Group.

Das Gupta, A. 2021. A Casebook of Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility: Towards Business Sustainability. Singapore: Springer Singapore Pte. Limited.

Dowbiggin, A. 2021. Climate Risk and Business: New Challenges for Organizations. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG. Available at:

Franco, I.B. 2022. Corporate Approaches to Sustainable Development: International Experiences and Insights. Singapore: Springer Singapore Pte. Limited. Available at:

Godelnik, R. 2021. Rethinking Corporate Sustainability in the Era of Climate Crisis: A Strategic Design Approach. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG.

Gutterman, A.S. 2021. Sustainability reporting and communications. First edition. New York: Business Expert Press. 

IGI Global 2020. Dynamic strategic thinking for improved competitiveness and performance. Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference, an imprint of IGI Global.

List of Articles

Joseph, J., Orlitzky, M., Gurd, B., Borland, H. & Lindgreen, A. 2019. Can businessā€oriented managers be effective leaders for corporate sustainability? A study of integrative and instrumental logics, Business strategy and the environment, 28(2):339-352.

Le Roux, C. & Pretorius, M. 2019. Exploring the nexus between integrated reporting and sustainability embeddedness. Sustainability, Accounting, Management and Policy Journal. Special issue: The nexus between integrated thinking, integrated reporting and governance.

Liao, Y. 2022. Sustainable leadership: a literature review and prospects for future research. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 1-11.

Patten, D. M., & Shin, H. (2019). Sustainability accounting, management and policy Journal’s contributions to corporate social responsibility disclosure research: A review and assessment. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 10(1): 26-40.

Prentice, G.S.K., Brent, A.C. & de Kock, I.H. 2021. A Strategic Management Framework for the Commercialization of Multitechnology Renewable Energy Systems: The Case of Concentrating Solar Power in South AfricaIEEE transactions on engineering management, 68(6): 1690-1702.

Sánchez-Hernández, M. I., Carvalho, L. C., & Paiva, I. S. 2019. Orientation towards social responsibility of north-west african firms. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 10(2): 365-394.

Salem, R. I. A. (et al). 2021. Does the quality of voluntary disclosure constrain earnings management in emerging economies? evidence from middle eastern and north african banks. International Journal of Accounting and Information Management, 29(1): 91-126.

Sharma, G. & Good, D. 2013. The Work of Middle Managers: Sensemaking and Sensegiving for Creating Positive Social Change. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. 49(1): 95–122

Thakhathi, A, Le Roux, C. & Davis, A. 2019. Sustainability Leaders’ Influencing Strategies for Institutionalising Organisational Change towards Corporate Sustainability: A Strategy-as-Practice Perspective. Journal of Change Management.

Van Der Heijden, A., Cramer, J. & Driessen, P. 2012. Change agent sensemaking for sustainability in a multinational subsidiary. Journal of Organizational Change Management. 25(4):  535-559.

Wohlgezogen, F., Hofstetter, J. S., Brück, F., & Hamann, R. 2021. Supplier engagement in sustainability programs: A field experiment of enabling versus coercive formalization. Organization & Environment, 34(3): 435-458.


Lozano, R. 2022. Toward Sustainable Organisations: A Holistic Perspective on Implementation Efforts. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG.

Rezaee, Z..2021. Corporate sustainability: shareholder primacy versus stakeholder primacy. First edition. New York:  Business Expert Press.

Seung Ho Park (et al). 2020. The Palgrave Handbook of Corporate Sustainability in the Digital Era. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Sjåfjell, B., Russell, R. & Van der Velden, M. 2022. Interdisciplinary Research for Sustainable Business: Perspectives of Women Business Scholars. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG.

Stanwick, P.A., Stanwick, S.D. & Taylor & Francis 2021. Corporate sustainability leadership. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge. Available at:

Taticchi, P. & Demartini, M. 2020. Corporate Sustainability in Practice: A Guide for Strategy Development and Implementation. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG.

Taylor & Francis 2021. Corporate social responsibility and sustainable development: strategies, practices and business models. 1st edition. New Delhi: Routledge India.

Tenuta, P. & Cambrea, D.R. 2022. Corporate Sustainability: Measurement, Reporting and Effects on Firm Performance. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG.

Vollero, A. 2022. Greenwashing: Foundations and Emerging Research on Corporate Sustainability and Deceptive Communication. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited.

Ziolo, M., Filipiak, B.Z. & Tundys, B. 2021. Sustainability in Bank and Corporate Business Models: The Link Between ESG Risk Assessment and Corporate Sustainability. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG.