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A sustainable organisation must balance its economic needs with social and environmental priorities. The Balanced Enterprise Research Network seeks to generate new insights into the ways in which businesses can better balance economic, social and environmental concerns and create shared value for a broad range of stakeholders (including shareholders, employees, consumers, communities and society). Our network explores how business, government, and not-for-profit enterprises strategically create and manage this balance in their day-to-day operations. As one of the research priority areas of the University of Sydney Business School, we aim to foster the creation of innovative and influential research which informs the ways in which organizations can anticipate and respond to the key challenges of the coming decades including environmental degradation, climate change, poverty, social inclusion, and financial stability.
The corporate world is on a devastating road to “creative self-destruction” because it prizes profits over the planet, according to a new book which critically examines the business response to climate change, described by the authors as “the greatest threat of our time.” Read more
In her latest book, ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate’, writer and environmental activist, Naomi Klein, argues that climate change is a product of the dominant global economic system. Read more
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Stakeholder engagement, value creation, sustainability and responsibility have become common in the parlance of contemporary business language and even sometimes practice; however the concepts of meaning, purpose, empowerment, and dare it be said selflessness, love and spirituality are not readily associated with capitalist business, until now. John Mackey and Raj Sisodia, co-founders of the Conscious Capitalism movement, along with companies such as Whole Foods Market, Patagonia, Airbnb and a host of others, are putting human beings, creativity, innovation and social cooperation at the centre of business endeavour. Read more
Australia’s most polluting ‘subcritical’ coal fired power stations have been identified in a major report by the Stranded Assets Programme at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Read more
A recently published book co-authored by the Business School's Professor of Organisational Change, Dr Christopher Wright, says that corporate management is evolving in a way that could spell the end of the multi-billion dollar consulting sector. Read more
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