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Multinational Enterprises and the Challenge of Sustainable Development

Multinational Enterprises and the Challenge of Sustainable Development

Edited by John R. McIntyre, Silvester Ivanaj and Vera Ivanaj

Transnational corporations play a role in the design, diffusion, and consolidation of sustainable development in the context of globalization and multinational firms. In this timely book European and American contributors analyze this role and explore the complex and dynamic phenomena of economic, political, cultural and legal interactions involved.

Introduction

Edited by John R. McIntyre, Silvester Ivanaj and Vera Ivanaj

Subjects: business and management, corporate social responsibility, management and sustainability, environment, corporate social responsibility, environmental management

Extract

John R. McIntyre, Silvester Ivanaj and Vera Ivanaj This book is a by-product of a three-day research colloquium (Multinational Enterprises and Sustainable Development – MESD 2006), held at the Georgia Institute of Technology campus, on selected sustainable development practices of multinational corporations (MNCs) as tools to achieve global competitive gains. It was co-organized by the Georgia Tech Center for International Business Education and Research (GT CIBER), the Institute of Sustainable Technology and Development, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA, in partnership with ICN Business School, Nancy, France and the Centre Européen de Recherche en Economie Financière et Gestion des Entreprises (CEREFIGE), Nancy–Metz, France (a multi-university European business research consortium), both long-term partners of Georgia Tech Lorraine (GTL). Georgia Tech Lorraine is the overseas extension graduate and research campus of Georgia Tech, created in 1989, and located in the linchpin region of Lorraine, at the heart of Europe, in the Metz 2000 Technology Park. This text reflects a long-term research priority of GT CIBER as well as European partners (ICN Business School and CEREFIGE) to contribute to an evolving analytical framework, supported by a body of literature, to describe and understand the dynamic process through which international firms evolve full-fledged global programs of socially and ecologically responsive and responsible policies and best practices. The book raises a central question concerning the role that multinational businesses play in the conception, diffusion and consolidation of the concept and best or better practices of sustainable development in the context of...