1st Edition

Citizenship and Sustainability in Organizations Exploring and Spanning the Boundaries

Edited By David Murphy, Alison Marshall Copyright 2021
    178 Pages
    by Routledge

    178 Pages
    by Routledge

    Citizenship and Sustainability in Organizations: Exploring and Spanning the Boundaries is the introductory book in the series of the same name and draws upon new conceptual thinking from some of the leading contributors to The Journal of Corporate Citizenship on topics of social responsibility, organizational citizenship, influencing and leading change for sustainability and individual agency. Chapter authors are influential thinkers, pushing the boundaries of conventional thinking about corporate citizenship and sustainability to generate innovative ideas, models and practices.

    The book’s core message is that the contexts within which organizations and individuals act are undergoing significant change and disruption. Existing corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate citizenship and business sustainability models and frameworks need to be adapted, abandoned or transformed. This book represents a starting point for dialogue about these challenges and presents commentaries, debates, essays and insights that aim to be provocative and engaging, raise some of the important issues of the day and provide observations on what may be too new yet to be the subject of detailed empirical and theoretical studies.

    The book is aimed at researchers, students and practitioners in the fields of corporate citizenship, sustainability, CSR, business ethics, corporate governance and critical management and leadership studies.


    Part I: People

    1. (Intellectual) Shamans as Transformational Change Makers

    Sandra Waddock

    2. The Importance of Psychopathic Leadership for Citizenship and Sustainability

    Clive Boddy and Tom Baxter

    3. Putting Human Rights on the Corporate Agenda: From the Amnesty Business Group to the UN Guiding Principles and Beyond

    Luke Wilde and Geoffrey Chandler

    Part II: Partners

    4. Stewardship Behaviours in Sustainable Supply Chain Management

    Rosanna Cole

    5. In the Company of Rebels: Towards a Role for Cross-Sector Partnering in Radical Change and Deep Adaptation to Climate Chaos.

    Jem Bendell

    6. Factoring the Family into Corporate Citizenship

    Claire Seaman and Richard Bent

    7. Rural Innovation Ecosystems: Thriving through Diverse Collaboration

    Alison Marshall and David F. Murphy

    Part III: Processes

    8. 18 Up: Are Sustainability Leaders from 2001 still Delivering Superior Financial Returns?

    Michael King

    9. Dethroning Shareholder Primacy: The Imperative to Redesign Transnational Corporations.

    Allen White

    10. Ingredients for Our Common Future: Fourth Generation Sustainable Business Models and the Need for Developing Sustainability Intelligence

    Lars Moratis and Frans Melissen

    11. Planet Home

    Malcolm McIntosh



    David F. Murphy is Academic Lead of the Initiative for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) and Senior Lecturer in Strategic Collaboration and Sustainability, University of Cumbria, UK. David has worked in diverse organizational settings, including academia, NGOs, business, the UN system, multi-stakeholder partnerships and independent consultancy from global to local levels.

    Alison Marshall is Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Cumbria, UK. Alison has worked in business, academia and consultancy at the interface between innovators, users and organizations throughout her working life.

    "In Citizenship and Sustainability in Organizations, their book of readings, David F Murphy and Alison Marshall of the University of Cumbria bring some early pioneers of corporate social responsibility—including Sir Geoffrey Chandler, Malcolm McIntosh and Allen White—into the world of Extinction Rebellion, Fridays For Future and the world of ‘Deep Adaptation’ championed by their university colleague Jem Bendell. The result: an intriguing bridging of different epochs of CSR and sustainability, and of ideas and agendas. A key reference for an agenda whose time has come." John Elkington, Founder and Chief Pollinator at Volans Ventures, UK.

    "As we bear witness to the unprecedented global changes facing us at this time and try to digest the enormity of their impact, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and difficult to know how to respond. Daunted by the scale of it all, we may get lost in preliminary questions, such as ‘where to start’ and ‘what is most urgent’. In this book, we are guided through an inspiring sequence of some of the most important issues of the day. Led by thought leaders and scholars who dare to open up some of the complex problems in critical leadership studies, we are invited to engage with each issue against the backdrop of the inherent dual nature of the present moment: the largest problems offer us the biggest opportunities. In this book, David F. Murphy and Alison Marshall are guiding us on a journey into the complex territory of citizenship and sustainability in organizations. The invitation is to begin a new dialogue about what matters - one in which we may find the courage to go deeper than ever." Dr Charlotte von Bülow, Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Faculty of Business and Law at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, UK.

    "It is challenging for leaders, educators, students, and the public to grasp the significance and implications of the social purpose phenomenon occurring in all types of organizations, corporations, non-profits, and public. Two models and frameworks describing this phenomenon are citizenship and sustainability. The "Citizenship and Sustainability in Organizations" monograph series and, in particular the introductory book Citizenship and Sustainability in Organizations: Exploring and Spanning the Boundaries, are useful sources to increase readers’ awareness and understanding by identifying the dimensions and dynamics of organizational social purpose." Professor Robert W. Sexty, Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

    "When the late and much missed Malcolm McIntosh saw a tree that he liked, he would take a cutting for his garden in Bath. In transplanting Malcolm’s essay from the Greenleaf reader Something to Believe In, the editors Murphy and Marshall have brought a hint of Malcolm’s exuberant optimism to the present volume. Right now - with the world in the grip of the psychopathic death-cult (pace Boddy and Baxter in chapter two) that is neoliberal capitalism – we need all the optimism we can get. And some of what Moratis and Melissen call, in chapter ten, naive intelligence might be useful too, to help us see past the seeming inevitability of current arrangements. This practical and inspiring book is full of good ideas for breakthrough CSR practice and advocacy. As Wayne Visser once put it, CSR is dead, long live CSR!" Professor Richard Little, Visiting Professor/Joint Research Principal, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland and Professor of Sustainability Leadership, Initiative for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS), University of Cumbria, UK.

    "At itdUPM we have consistently argued that collective intelligence is needed to develop solutions to complex and multidimensional challenges, and foster systems change for sustainability. This book assists us to think more profoundly about the human and social relationships that inform such collaborative possibilities. As well as valuable insights into some of the different forms and processes that collaboration encompasses, the reflections on radical partnering by Jem Bendell and on innovative place-based ecosystems by the book’s editors, Alison Marshall and David F. Murphy, are of particular relevance for those with an interest in gaining a deeper understanding of multi-actor relationships and their potential." Dr Carlos Mataix and Dr Leda Stott, Innovation and Technology for Development Centre, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (itdUPM), Spain