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How can international business research contribute towards the sustainable development goals?

How can international business research contribute towards the sustainable development goals? Realising the sustainable development goals (SDGs) will require substantial efforts from both governments, businesses, civil society and academic researchers. This paper aims to discuss the contributions that the international business (IB) discipline can make to promoting the SDGs.Design/methodology/approachThe paper is conceptual.FindingsThe authors argue that IB can contribute to promoting the SDGs, given IB’s expertise on the multinational enterprise (MNE) and knowledge that is relevant to the international dimensions that most SDGs have. However, paradigmatic features of IB such as a focus on firm-level financial performance and on the MNE as an organisation, and dominance of quantitative methods, may presently restrict the discipline’s contributions to the SDGs.Originality/valueThe authors present a set of recommendations for IB research on the SDGs, many of which imply an extension of the boundaries of the current IB paradigm. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png critical perspectives on international business Emerald Publishing

How can international business research contribute towards the sustainable development goals?

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1742-2043
eISSN
1742-2043
DOI
10.1108/cpoib-08-2020-0123
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Abstract

Realising the sustainable development goals (SDGs) will require substantial efforts from both governments, businesses, civil society and academic researchers. This paper aims to discuss the contributions that the international business (IB) discipline can make to promoting the SDGs.Design/methodology/approachThe paper is conceptual.FindingsThe authors argue that IB can contribute to promoting the SDGs, given IB’s expertise on the multinational enterprise (MNE) and knowledge that is relevant to the international dimensions that most SDGs have. However, paradigmatic features of IB such as a focus on firm-level financial performance and on the MNE as an organisation, and dominance of quantitative methods, may presently restrict the discipline’s contributions to the SDGs.Originality/valueThe authors present a set of recommendations for IB research on the SDGs, many of which imply an extension of the boundaries of the current IB paradigm.

Journal

critical perspectives on international businessEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 15, 2022

Keywords: Sustainable development goals; International business; Multinational enterprises; Paradigm; Theories; Methods; Sustainability; Corporate and social responsibility; M14; M16

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