1st Edition

Organizing for Sustainable Development Addressing the Grand Challenges

By Federica Angeli, Ashley Metz, Jörg Raab Copyright 2022
    298 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    298 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize the increasingly complex, interdependent nature of societal and environmental issues for governments and business. Tackling such "grand challenges" requires the concerted action of a multitude of organizations and multiple stakeholders at different levels in the public, private, and non-profit sector.

    Organizing for Sustainable Development provides an integrated and comparative overview of the successes and failures of organizational efforts to tackle global societal issues and achieve sustainable development. Summarizing years of study by an interdisciplinary board of authors and contributors, this book provides readers with an in-depth understanding of how existing businesses and new hybrid organizations can achieve sustainable development to bring about an improved society, marking a key contribution to the literature in this field.

    Combining theoretical views with empirical approaches, the chapters in this book are highly relevant to graduate and undergraduate (multidisciplinary) programs in sustainable development, organization studies, development economics, development studies, international management, and social entrepreneurship.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC-BY) 4.0 license. 

    The Authors
    Additional Contributors
    List of Figures, Tables and Boxes

    Introduction – A Compelling Call to Address the Grand Challenges through New Forms of Organizing
    Federica Angeli, Ashley Metz and Jörg Raab

    Chapter 1 – Corporate Responsibility: An Overview
    Julia Bartosch and Jörg Raab

    Chapter 2 – Responsible Innovation: the role of organizational practices and structures
    Ashley Metz and Nikolas Rathert

    Chapter 3 – Understanding the evolution of BOP narratives: a systematic literature review and topic modelling analysis
    Federica Angeli

    Chapter 4 – Learning in Hybrid Organisations: A Systematic Literature Review
    Kristian Marinov, Ashley Metz, Kelly Alexander and Federica Angeli

    Chapter 5 – On NGOs and development management: What do critical management studies have to offer?
    Emanuela Girei, Federica Angeli and Arun Kumar

    Chapter 6 – Organizational Networks for Sustainable Development
    Jörg Raab

    Chapter 7 - Impact investing and new social funding: history, actors and promise
    Laura Toschi and Ashley Metz

    Chapter 8 – Social Impact Evaluation: Moving from Method to Realist Strategy
    Gorgi Krlev and Federica Angeli

    Chapter 9 – Fix Forward – Building Experts: An exemplary case of a hybrid organization and its quest for financial independence
    Kelly Alexander and Jörg Raab

    Chapter 10 – Value co-creation through multi-stakeholder collaborations for health in fragile settings: the case of the high-risk pregnancy referral tool
    Simona Rocchi, Zahra Sultany, Federica Angeli, Patray Lui, Stephanie Saraswati Cristin and Koen Joosse

    Chapter 11 – Medical Device Innovation at the Base of the Pyramid: General Electrics’ India Strategy to Make Healthcare Affordable
    Anand Kumar Jaiswal and Federica Angeli

    Chapter 12 – Moving beyond fragmented traditions: towards an integrated view of organizing for sustainable development
    Ashley Metz, Federica Angeli and Jörg Raab


    Federica Angeli is Chair in Management at the York Management School, University of York, UK. She has held positions at Tilburg University and Maastricht University, The Netherlands, and was Visiting Scholar at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India.

    Ashley Metz is Assistant Professor of Organization Studies at Tilburg University, The Netherlands, and serves as a Fellow at Human Futures Institute, a think tank focused on sustainable long-term strategy for organizations across sectors.

    Jörg Raab is Associate Professor of Policy and Organization Studies at the Department of Organization Studies and Academic Director of the International Bachelor Global Management of Social Issues at Tilburg University, The Netherlands.

    "This book offers a timely and comprehensive selection of topics for anyone who cares about making progress on societal challenges. The carefully curated chapters offer deep insights into how to organize for and around sustainable development. A must read for students and researchers!"

    - Johanna Mair, PhD, Professor of Organization, Strategy and Leadership, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Distinguished Fellow at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Co-Director of the Global Innovation for Impact Lab


    "Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals requires a collective human effort with a key role for all kinds of different organizations, each playing their part. This book provides a unique insight into how various forms of for-profit and non-profit ways of organizing have emerged to help address grand challenges such as global poverty and climate change. It brings together so far disconnected theoretical perspectives and applies their insights to insightful cases related to sustainable development. The book forms a great starting point for much-needed, more impactful management and organization research."

    - Jonatan Pinkse, PhD, Professor of Strategy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Executive Director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR), Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester


    "It is high time to go back to the fundamental question of purpose for today’s organizations: are they truly working towards a more sustainable future? This volume does just that by discussing topics such as the future of NGO management, the dynamics of inter-sectoral collaborations, and the continuous struggle of appropriately measuring social impact, to name just a few. The book brings academic research closer to overarching societal questions and highlights the need for more integrated work between research and practice in tackling grand challenges. It serves as an opportunity to reflect on our individual roles and that of our organizations to truly shape a more just and sustainable world."

    - Alexandra Ioan, PhD, Head of the Ashoka Learning and Action Center


    "This book brilliantly discusses organizational solutions for sustainability challenges. More than other books on grand challenges and sustainability, this one explicitly focuses on organizational, supra-organizational and intra-organizational practices and structures – from corporate social responsibility, hybrid organizing and base-of-the-pyramid innovation, to impact investing, multi-stakeholder arrangements and inter-organizational networks. I congratulate the authors on a very timely, relevant and well-developed contribution to our understanding of the organizational challenges and opportunities in shaping a more sustainable future."

    - Stephan Manning, PhD, Professor of Strategy and Innovation, Co-Chair of Responsible Business Research Group, University of Sussex Business School


    "This book builds on a strong assumption: Norms and values give shape to our organisations and to how we organise. New types of organisation and new ways of organising have emerged with the aim to create value for various stakeholders; important to study, but also to question. The authors in this book offer fresh views on hybridization, networks, and organising for positive impact. Insightful!"

    - Florian Lüdeke-Freund, PhD, Chair for Corporate Sustainability, ESCP Business School, Berlin, Germany


    "Organising for Sustainable Development: Addressing the Grand Challenges is exactly the book we need right now.  With clarity and care, it sets out a compelling case for organisational change and how business can contribute to a just transition to inclusive growth. This is a powerful vision of a better way of doing things, and it shows us how we can organise to achieve it."

    - Kate E Pickett, PhD, FRSA, FFPH, Professor of Epidemiology, Deputy Director of the Centre for Future Health, Associate Director at Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity, University of York