Managing Sustainable Business

An Executive Education Case and Textbook

  • Gilbert G. Lenssen
  • N. Craig Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlv
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Robert J. Crawford, N. Craig Smith
      Pages 35-62
    3. Fu Jia, Zhaohui Wu, Jonathan Gosling
      Pages 63-82
    4. N. Craig Smith, Dawn Jarisch
      Pages 83-102
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-106
    2. N. Craig Smith, Dawn Jarisch
      Pages 145-170
    3. Robert J. Crawford, N. Craig Smith
      Pages 195-208
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-211
    2. N. Craig Smith, Sean Ansett, Lior Erez
      Pages 213-226
    3. N. Craig Smith, Erin McCormick
      Pages 227-242
    4. N. Craig Smith, Robert J. Crawford
      Pages 243-267
    5. Onajomo Akemu, Alexandra Mes, Lauren Comiteau
      Pages 269-291
  5. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-321
    2. Michael E. Porter, Mark R. Kramer
      Pages 323-346
    3. Gastón de los Reyes Jr., Markus Scholz
      Pages 347-361
    4. Joanne Lawrence, Andreas Rasche, Kevina Kenny
      Pages 435-455
  6. Part V

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 457-461
    2. Lindsay Clinton, Ryan Whisnant
      Pages 463-503
    3. Nigel Roome, Victoria Jadot
      Pages 519-548
    4. Gilbert G. Lenssen, N. Craig Smith
      Pages 549-556
    5. Joanna Radeke, Johanna Mair, Christian Seelos
      Pages 557-574
  7. Part VI

About this book


This book offers 32 texts and case studies from across a wide range of business sectors around a managerial framework for Sustainable Business. The case studies are developed for and tested in executive education programmes at leading business schools.

The book is based on the premise that the key for managing the sustainable business is finding the right balance over time between managing competitiveness and profitability AND managing the context of the business with its political, social and ecological risks and opportunities. In that way, a sustainable business is highly responsive to the demands and challenges from both markets and societies and managers embrace the complexity, ambivalence and uncertainty that goes along with this approach.

The book presents a framework that facilitates the adoption of best business practice. This framework leads executives through a systematic approach of strategic analysis and business planning in risk management, issues management, stakeholder management, sustainable business development and strategic differentiation, business model innovation and developing dynamic capabilities.

The approach helps broaden the understanding of what sustainable performance means, by protecting business value against sustainability risks and creating business value from sustainability opportunities. 


Access to Essential Medicines Accountability and Risks Bringing Technology To The Aging Population Business Growth Strategy Climate Change Corporate Governance Creating Comparative Advantage Creating Shared Value HRM and Management Development Strategy Revenue Flow and Human Rights Strategic Choices Strategic differentiation Strategy and Stakeholders Supply Chain Controversy Sustainability Risks Sustainable Growth and Emerging Markets The Sustainable Entreprise Turning A Problem Into A Resource Value Creation Through Responsible Supplier Relationships World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Editors and affiliations

  • Gilbert G. Lenssen
    • 1
  • N. Craig Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.ABIS, The Academy of Business in SocietyBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.INSEADFontainebleauFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-94-024-1142-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-024-1144-7
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