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The academic landscape of sustainability in management literature: Towards a more interdisciplinary research agenda

Vinayavekhin, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-7417-8851, Li, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-6589-6392, Banerjee, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-8961-7223 & Caputo, A. (2023). The academic landscape of sustainability in management literature: Towards a more interdisciplinary research agenda. Business Strategy and the Environment, 32(8), pp. 5748-5784. doi: 10.1002/bse.3447


Sustainability research is vast and complex, making it difficult to grasp the big picture. To help researchers understand the field better, we created a comprehensive knowledge map of sustainability in management literature by utilising citation-based clustering and text mining techniques to analyse 25,737 sustainability-related papers across 22 academic disciplines, as categorised by the Chartered Association of Business Schools (ABS)'s Academic Journal Guide. We identify 23 research streams, with the top three being corporate social responsibility, operations & supply chain and tourism. Each research stream has varying degrees of definition coverage, levels of analysis, levels of interdisciplinarity and connections to the 17 United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goals #9, #10, #12 and #13 receive more attention than Goals #3, #14 and #15. Our findings suggest a need for more interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers, and we propose four research directions to achieve this.

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Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made. © 2023 The Authors. Business Strategy and The Environment published by ERP Environment and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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