This chapter considers the role of agency in sustainability in the particular context of mergers and acquisitions (M & A). Noting nascent scholarly interest in sustainability in M & A, we begin by briefly reviewing work on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability before narrowing our focus to recent literature on the M & A context. Noting the very limited attention paid to actors and agency in studies on sustainability in M & A to date, we also look more broadly at different typologies of agency in sustainability transitions in general. Finally, we bring these two threads together by suggesting how existing theory on sustainability agency can be extended to the M & A context.
Noelia-Sarah Reynolds and Melanie E. Hassett
Melanie E. Hassett and Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki
Eva A. Alfoldi and Melanie E. Hassett
Edited by Mélanie E. Hassett and Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki
This innovative Handbook demonstrates that there is no single best approach to conducting longitudinal studies. At their best, longitudinal research designs yield rich, contextualised, multilevel and deep understanding of the studied phenomenon. The lack of resources in terms of time, funding and people can pose a serious challenge to conducting longitudinal research. This book tackles many of these challenges and discusses the role of longitudinal research programmes in overcoming such obstacles.