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Micro-Foundations of Corporate Sustainability

Micro-Foundations of Corporate Sustainability
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Author(s): Remy Balarezo (Universidad de Piura (UDEP), Peru) and Paul Corcuera (Universidad de Piura (UDEP), Peru)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 27
Source title: Knowledge Management for Corporate Social Responsibility
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Gregorio Martín-de Castro (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain) and Jaime González-Masip (Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4833-2.ch015


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This chapter introduces readers to the micro-foundation framework in corporate sustainability. Traditionally, strategic management and corporate sustainability research have explained why firms become more sustainable from a macro-level perspective. In recent years, new research has focused on the micro-level mechanism at the individual or group level. This research stream is known as the micro-foundations movement and tries to highlight individual characteristics, knowledge, background, etc. when firms decide to become more sustainable. Through the literature review, the authors tried to identify the studies published in top journals about the micro-foundation framework. Therefore, the aim of this chapter is to give a primary introduction and an overview of the micro-foundations framework in corporate sustainability and identify what mechanisms have been found at the micro-level that explain why firms become more sustainable.

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