Practical Sustainability Strategies

How to Gain a Competitive Advantage

Author: Nikos Avlonas,George P. Nassos

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118787374

Category: Science

Page: 328

View: 5819

Strategies that enable organizations to succeed as businesses and as responsible corporate citizens Based on the authors' many years of research and hands-on experience, this book provides tested and proven practical strategies that make it possible for organizations to develop, maintain, or extend their competitive advantage without causing harm to the environment and society. Moreover, it explains how to set goals and objectives and then monitor, measure, and report on progress towards achieving corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability. Most importantly, readers will discover that this can all be accomplished while, at the same time, improving bottom-line profitability. Practical Sustainability Strategies: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage is divided into four parts: Part 1, Introduction to Sustainability, underscores the urgency for organizations to adopt and develop sustainable practices Part 2, Sustainable Strategies, details numerous strategies that have been proven to work, including environmental innovation through biomimicry, green buildings, and green chemistry Part 3, Tools and Metrics, offers practical information on implementing strategies and measuring sustainability and reporting, including global standards and guidelines for managing sustainability, life-cycle analysis, carbon and water footprints such as GRI, GHG Protocol, UN Global Compact Part 4, Conclusion, provides an expert forecast of the future of sustainability Case studies based on the authors' research and fieldwork illustrate how leading companies have implemented each of the sustainability strategies discussed in the book. There's also an appendix with additional case studies exploring various aspects of business practices and sustainability. Practical Sustainability Strategies is ideal as a graduate textbook as well as a reference for business managers. All readers will not only gain a greater appreciation for sustainable development, but also the skills needed to integrate sustainability into all aspects of their organization's business practices.

Business and Competitive Analysis

Effective Application of New and Classic Methods

Author: Craig S. Fleisher,Babette E. Bensoussan

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 0133101002

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 624

View: 5703

Meet any business or competitive analysis challenge: deliver actionable business insights and on-point recommendations that enterprise decision makers can’t and won’t ignore! All you need is one book: Business and Competitive Analysis, Second Edition . This generation’s definitive guide to business and competitive analysis has now been thoroughly updated with additional methods, applications and examples. Craig S. Fleisher and Babette E. Bensoussan begin with a practical primer on the process and context of business and competitive analysis: how it works, how to avoid pitfalls, and how to communicate results. Next, they introduce their unique FAROUT method for choosing the right tools for each assignment. The authors then present dozens of today’s most valuable analysis methods. They cover “classic” techniques, such as McKinsey 7S and industry analysis, as well as emerging techniques from multiple disciplines: economics, corporate finance, sociology, anthropology, and the intelligence and futurist communities. You’ll find full chapters outlining effective analysis processes; avoiding pitfalls; communicating results; as well as drill-downs on analyzing industries, competitive positioning, business models, supply chains, strategic relationships, corporate reputation, critical success factors, driving forces, technology change, cash flow, and much more. For every method, Fleisher and Bensoussan present clear descriptions, background context, strategic rationales, strengths, weaknesses, step-by-step instructions, and references. The result is a book every analyst, strategist, and manager can rely on – in any industry, for any challenge.

The Business Guide to Sustainability

Practical Strategies and Tools for Organizations

Author: Marsha Willard,Darcy Hitchcock

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317663314

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 268

View: 9915

The Business Guide to Sustainability is a practical introduction to implementing a comprehensive sustainability strategy in any organization. Written by top business consultants, this useful book can be applied in both large and small enterprises. This edition shifts away from a discussion of CSR to focus more squarely on sustainability. It explores strategies for implementing sustainability in each of the functional areas of the corporation (accounting, HR, operations, etc.), while providing examples from a range of sectors, including manufacturing, services, and government. The book also includes the authors’ S-CORE assessment tool to help organizations determine whether they are on the right track, identify new opportunities, and assign accountability and responsibility. Brimming with interesting stories and examples, and covering new developments such as the emergence of BRICs and the effects of the Great Recession, this book will interest managers, business owners, and students for whom sustainability is a priority.

The Green to Gold Business Playbook

How to Implement Sustainability Practices for Bottom-Line Results in Every Business Function

Author: Daniel C. Esty,P.J. Simmons

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118010891

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 456

View: 6371

"Implement the green strategies outlined in Dan Esty's and Andrew Winston’s bestseller Green to Gold" Hard-nosed business advice for gaining competitive advantage through sustainability action in buildings and operations, information technology, product design, sourcing, manufacturing, logistics and transportation, marketing, accounting, and other key business functions Whether you are a climate change skeptic or an environmentalist, sustainability issues cannot be ignored in today’s corporate world. With rising energy and natural resource costs, intensified regulations, investor pressures, and a growing demand for environmentally friendly products, sustainability is no longer an option—it’s a business imperative. Unlike many green business books, the Playbook skips the environmental ideology and deals exclusively with tools and strategies that have been shown to cut costs, reduce risks, drive revenues, and build brand identity. Builds on Dan Esty and Andrew Winston’s prizewinning Green to Gold, which has become a business classic and a staple of management training across the world. Shows in detail how each business function or department can achieve an eco-advantage over the competition Offers frameworks, checklists, and action plans applicable to any business–big or small, in manufacturing or services The Green to Gold Business Playbook gives you the tools to make green work-and work profitably-for your business.

Corporate Entrepreneurship

Innovation and Strategy in Large Organizations

Author: Paul Burns

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137292598

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 528

View: 8691

Corporate Entrepreneurship is about entrepreneurial transformation in larger organizations. Paul Burns shows how this can be achieved by building an organizational architecture – leadership, culture, structure and strategies – that encourages creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. He synthesizes research from a number of business disciplines and draws on numerous corporate examples. New to this edition: - Sections on corporate governance, ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility - Greater emphasis on improving shareholder value through risk management and the generation of strategic options, rather than just improving profitability - Expanded coverage of the management of disruptive innovation and market paradigm change, as well as incremental innovation - Coverage of the financial crisis and recession, and their implications for entrepreneurship - Fully updated case studies and new learning resources Corporate Entrepreneurship is an essential text for all students of Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship, Strategy, Innovation and Leadership. Visit www.palgrave.com/business/burns for extensive student and lecturer resources including case studies and questions, an individual and a corporate entrepreneurship test, video commentaries and useful web links.

Marketing Management and Strategy

Author: Peter Doyle,Philip Stern

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780273693987

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 446

View: 8534

This text brings managers the latest ideas on branding, marketing and strategic change. It includes a step-by-step guide to developing marketing strategies and advice on pricing decisions, advertising and communications plans.

Operations Strategy

Author: Nigel Slack,Michael Lewis

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780273637813

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 548

View: 7313

This new book provides a comprehensive and refreshing insight into the more advanced topic of operations strategy. It builds on concepts from strategic management, operations management, marketing, and human resources. A three-part organization covers the nature, content, and process of operations strategy. For practicing managers.

Green to Gold

How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage

Author: Daniel Esty,Andrew Winston

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470393742

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 408

View: 2617

From the Publishers Weekly review: "Two experts from Yale tackle the business wake-up-call du jour-environmental responsibility-from every angle in this thorough, earnest guidebook: pragmatically, passionately, financially and historically. Though "no company the authors know of is on a truly long-term sustainable course," Esty and Winston label the forward-thinking, green-friendly (or at least green-acquainted) companies WaveMakers and set out to assess honestly their path toward environmental responsibility, and its impact on a company's bottom line, customers, suppliers and reputation. Following the evolution of business attitudes toward environmental concerns, Esty and Winston offer a series of fascinating plays by corporations such as Wal-Mart, GE and Chiquita (Banana), the bad guys who made good, and the good guys-watchdogs and industry associations, mostly-working behind the scenes. A vast number of topics huddle beneath the umbrella of threats to the earth, and many get a thorough analysis here: from global warming to electronic waste "take-back" legislation to subsidizing sustainable seafood. For the responsible business leader, this volume provides plenty of (organic) food for thought. "

The Natural Advantage of Nations

Business Opportunities, Innovation and Governance in the 21st Century

Author: Michael Harrison Smith

Publisher: Earthscan

ISBN: 1849773130

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 576

View: 8536

This book is more than just a 'palliative care' guide for the planet - it is about innovation, solutions, competitiveness and profitability. At work, at home and as members of society, our generation has an opportunity - to be part of the obligation - and an exciting solution in restoring the balance. The authors present a bold vision for the future and demonstrate how we can get there, drawing on lessons of competitive advantage theory and the latest in sustainability, economics, innovation, business and governance theory and practice. The result is nothing less than the most authoritative and comprehensive guide to date, to building the new ecologically sustainable economy. For further information about The Natural Edge Project and to view the book's online companion, visit www.naturaledgeproject.net.