Sources of information for Organizations and the Natural Environment Research

With the growing power of Big Data analytical tools, new opportunities to analyze relationships related to sustainability and CSR appears. However, to correctly apply these new generations of quantitative methodologies we need accurately measures of the concepts we want to analyze. One of the big challenges in sustainability studies is how to define and measure the concept. Many authors argue that organizational ‘accounts of sustainability’ (mainly in the form of corporate environmental and social reports) have little if anything to do with sustainability (Gray, 2006; Gray and Milne, 2004; Milne et al., 2008, 2009). Measuring CSR practices are possibly more feasible, although, as in the case of sustainability, have the important challenges as its multidimensionality.

We aim to help O&NE scholars navigate these problems during their research projects providing a number of reliable and rich tools and sources of data and discussing the pros and cons of big data and other novel techniques.

The PDW will be divided in three parts. For the first part, we have invited a number of experts on each database that will shortly describe its strengths and limitations. Then, we will debate the ability of these databases to properly measure O&NE associated concepts (temporality, environmental proactivity scales, multidimensionality, etc.) and potential solutions for the problems found. Finally, we will discuss the potential of Big Data to contribute to the progress of O&NE research. We will also identify the most usable tools techniques to take advantage of this resource.

Organisers:

  • Natalia Ortiz-de-Mandojana (nortiz@ual.es). University of  Granada.
  • Miguel Pérez-Valls (mivalls@ual.es). University of Almería.

Sustainable Growth Sandpit

The last decade has seen alternative trajectories of sustainable growth emerging within sustainable
development literature, most noticeable de-growth, green growth and inclusive growth. This PDW
will explore overlaps and tensions between these 3 growth trajectories, discuss to what extent they
can be reconciled into a critical Green and Inclusive Growth perspective and further explore
opportunities for ONE scholars to collaborate in the development of a research agenda and funding projects.

The PDW aims to identify topic areas for management scholarship in the alternative trajectories to
growth agenda. It will take the shape of a research sandpit.

Sandpits are intensive discussion forums where freethinking is encouraged and no ideas, comments or potential solutions are discounted. Researchers at all career stages are invited to attend. At the sandpit, attendees can either join in the discussion or pitch a project idea. The discussion format will support researchers in gaining crucial feedback on their ideas, building links to collaborators for joint papers and identifying funding streams for collaborative projects. Sandpits are being tested as a way to enable the research community to support its researchers with the difficult task of developing strong funding bids or high quality papers from initial thoughts and ideas. The event is open for researchers to pitch fledgling research ideas at early stage in order to take on board comments and feedback at the start of a research process in the spirit of co-production.

Organiser:

  • Diego A. Vazquez-Brust (diego.vazquez-brust@port.ac.uk). University of Postmouth.
  • Jose J. Céspedes-Lorente (jcespede@ual.es) University of Almería.
  • Frances Bowen (f.bowen@qmul.ac.uk) Queen Mary –University of London.
  • José A. Plaza-Úbeda (japlaza@ual.es) University of Almería.

Speed Research Dating: Early-stage Research Incubator

Do you have a research idea but you would like feedback on how to turn it into an impactful project? Are you looking for advice on how to build a solid and clear theoretical contribution? Do you have a great idea but not sure about the best methodology? This PDW consists in a research incubator that offers attendants the opportunity to receive expert feedback on early-stage research projects and exchange ideas about hot research topics with other scholars in the field. Potential participants will be required to submit their ideas in advance (short proposals). We will then select the best ideas to participate in the PDW and we will organize them in small breakout groups. The PDW also shares the format of a speeding date, in which the participants will be having short “research dates” with established Organization and Natural Environment Scholars. To maximize the quality of the PDW, we will limit the number of participants.

Organisers:

  • Javier Martínez del Río (jamartin@ual.es). University of Almería.
  • Raquel Antolín-López (ral252@ual.es). University of Almería.

Increasing your research impact through social media

While peer reviewed journals and teaching remain fundamental components of attaining impact from your research, a growing number of other avenues are emerging which can increase the exposure of your work. Importantly, these social media platforms provide an opportunity to bridge the often argued gap between academia, policy, practice and the public.

The session will cover LinkedIn, Researchgate, Twitter, personal websites and more, showing how you can use each to achieve your desired research impact. Run as an interactive session, you will be given the opportunity to register for at least one social media platform and be given guidance on how to use a number of platforms to ensure you leave with the capabilities required to increase your research impact immediately.

Organiser:

  • Cristyn Meath (c.meath@business.uq.edu.au). The University of Queensland

Integrating SDGs in sustainable supply chain management: avenues for further research

Given the importance of UN sustainable development agenda, defined in SDGs, the debate needs to extend to examine how current theory and research responds to SDGs in sustainable supply chain management literature. This PWD aims to discuss the importance of SDGs in supply chain management research and explore new conceptual and methodological avenues for investigation. The PDW aims to explore the following questions:

  • What are the drivers for SDGs in sustainable supply chain management? Explore motives to incorporate SDGs in supply chain strategies and benefits for integrating SDGs in business strategy.
  • How can SDGs be integrated into supply chain management? Investigate the ways of interpreting SDGs into sustainable supply chain management practices and policies.
  • What conceptual means can we use to advance SDGs into supply chain management? In what ways can businesses and organizations engage with SDGs within the supply chains. Do currently developed tools, strategies and frameworks respond fully to SDGs? What disciplinary constrains and opportunities do SDGs present for supply chain management research? Are there avenues for further interdisciplinary research to enable to synthesize and build on expertise within other academic disciplines?
  • What methodological approaches can researchers develop to study SDGs in supply chain management? What research methods and approaches can scholars utilise to advance research on SDGs and supply chains management? How current methodologies can be extended to embrace the multitude of business practices and strategies in supply chain context and what new methodological approaches can be developed researching complex issues of sustainable development.

Organisers:

  • Jorge Tarifa Fernandez (jtf292@ual.es). University of Almeria
  • Natalia Yakovleva (natalia.yakovleva@newcastle.ac.uk). Newcastle University London