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Essays on Sustainability and Management

Emerging Perspectives

  • Runa Sarkar
  • Annapurna Shaw

Part of the India Studies in Business and Economics book series (ISBE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Sustainability as a Normative Concept

  3. Sustainability Concept at the Global Level

  4. Sustainability Practices in Indian Organisations and Consumer Behaviour

  5. Sustainability, Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
  6. Sustainability: A Critique of Organisational Practice and Government Regulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive overview of sustainability and management in India and through its insightful essays highlights the complex and multifaceted nature of sustainability as a concept. It also demonstrates the debates surrounding the concept of sustainability and its ramifications for ground-level practice in managing organisations and for public policy. The contributions from sustainability enthusiasts, practitioners from disparate fields and academics working at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, have been divided into five themes: (1) sustainability as a normative concept; (2) sustainability concept at the global level, (3) sustainability practices in Indian organisations and consumer behaviour; (4) sustainability, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility and (5) sustainability: a critique of organisational practice and government regulation. The themes reflect both new and continuing issues confronting management in the country today. Examples and in-depth studies make it relevant to the grounded reality in India. The expertise and experience of the contributors ensure that readers are left with a grasp of our current understanding of how sustainability is related to society and business, the direction this understanding will take in the future.


Sustainability in Business Trends in Indian Business Corporate Governance Corporate Social Responsibility Green Marketing

Editors and affiliations

  • Runa Sarkar
    • 1
  • Annapurna Shaw
    • 2
  1. 1.Indian Institute of Management CalcuttaKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Indian Institute of Management CalcuttaKolkataIndia

About the editors

Runa Sarkar is a professor at the Economics Group, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta. She has been working in the field of corporate environmental behaviour and sustainability for over a decade and has also published in this area. She, along with Prof. Anup Sinha of IIM Calcutta, is the co-author of a book titled “Another Development: Participation, Empowerment and Well-being”, published by Routledge in early 2015. She has recently submitted a short manuscript on “Environment Business and Institutions in India” to be published as part of the Oxford India Short Introductions series published by OUP. She is interested in market-based solutions to environmental issues and is on the board of CTran as well as Basix Consulting and Technology Services, which are leading environmental and development consulting houses. Runa has been a sustainability assessor for CII. She has co-edited the India Infrastructure Report (IIR) 2010 on Infrastructure Development in a Low Carbon Economy and IIR 2009 on Land – A Critical Resource for Infrastructure, published by the 3i Network and Oxford.

Annapurna Shaw is a professor at the Public Policy and Management Group, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. An urban geographer by training, her research interests are in the areas of urban policy and planning, sustainable cities and the urban environment. She has published extensively in these areas and has also served on the editorial board of Urban Geography (Taylor and Francis) from 2002 to 2008. Her book publications include: The Making of Navi Mumbai (Orient Longman: 2004), Indian Cities in Transition (edited, Orient Longman, 2007) and Indian Cities (Oxford India Short Introductions, OUP, Delhi, 2012). Forthcoming is the book “Coming of an Age: Trends and Issues in Housing in Asian Cities” edited with Urmi Sengupta and to be published by Routledge, UK.

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“It brings together sustainability enthusiasts, students, instructors and practitioners from disparate disciplines of academics working at the Indian Institute of Managements … who have engaged with each other to determine the direction of future research and make recommendations on policy on sustainability in practice. … gives an excellent literature review of sustainability-related concepts in each section which can be reused.” (Basanth Kommadath, Decision, Vol. 44, 2017)