Editors: "Ilias P. Vlachos", "George Malindretos"

Markets, Business and Sustainability

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ISBN: 978-1-68108-026-0
eISBN: 978-1-68108-025-3 (Online)

Introduction

Many studies on environmental and business sustainability have been conducted over the last couple of decades. These studies demonstrate that the concept of sustainability management can be applied to several industries. Consumers around the globe are increasingly interested in sustainable consumption and they turn their attention into sustainable products, thus, campaigning for banning companies and supply chains that do not operate under sustainable ethos.

Markets, Business and Sustainability is a collection of selected reports that examine business sustainability, market sustainability and supply chain sustainability in a variety of contexts and using diverse methodologies. This reference work emphasizes the profound impact of sustainability management on markets and business. Readers are presented with critical analyses on different dimensions of sustainability. This book covers the applications of sustainable management techniques in construction, city logistics and the food industry.

Sustainability management practitioners, consumers, as well as students and academics can enrich their understanding about the business dimension of sustainability and also find references of available literature on the subject. The information presented in this reference is also helpful to senior business leaders seeking to create a vision, mission and strategy for their companies in order to create sustainable value, and an organizational culture of sustainability.

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Preface

This eBook deals with the “sustainability issue”, focusing attention on the integration of the value creation supply chain network and the maintained dynamic upstream and downstream R&D process of collective feed-back interaction. It is addressed particularly to practitioners of technological and management expertise to facilitate broader active partnership with critical importance for improving the “collective capabilities” to maximize “synergy effects” to create sustainable competitive advantage in the new and irreversible economic, social, cultural, physical and technological environment. To promote understanding of the interfirm and interdisciplinary character of the sustainability issue and the diffusion of knowledge, special attention is attributed to the structure of this publication and the simplicity of the text. Increased awareness and better level of understanding strengthen the possibilities of transforming “challenges” into “opportunities”, based on collective inventive innovations for value and wealth creation. The required leverage and breakthrough re-engineering are actually a matter of a new culture and attitudes of collective action along with “human capital” and “social capital” development and co-ordination of different expertise, know-how and experiences, based on strategic, tactical and operational planning and consistent implementation to offer reliable paradigm and contribute to sustainability performance with potential future constructive perspectives.

Ilias P. Vlachos
Northumbria University
UK

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George Malindretos
Harokopion University
Greece

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