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Sustainability and small to medium-sized enterprises, lessons from mixed methods research, edited by Aharon Factor and John Parm Ulhoi

"Industrialisation has brought great benefits to humankind but now after 200 years of fossil fuel use, land clearance and pollution the planet's boundaries are being stretched to their limits. Going beyond these confines would have severe consequences for humankind. To prevent this happening, government, corporate and community initiatives must focus on reducing the environmental impacts of the 400 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) given that they produce approximately 70% of the world's pollution, 60% of carbon emissions and have significant impacts on the land. To date, research shows that SMEs have been environmental laggards and more needs to be understood to improve sustainability in the SME sector. Broadening the researcher's methodological focus beyond traditional singular approaches improves knowledge generation and better informs policy and practice. This book paves the way by showing the reader that a mixed-method research design is able to provide a deep, diverse and holistic understanding of sustainability and SMEs. Importantly, the book also provides an in-depth mapping of mixed method sustainability and SME research at a regional level. As this book is about environmental sustainability framed in a business context it will be of interest to researchers, academics, students and those in industry who are enquiring about the environmental sustainability of SMEs"--, Provided by publisher
Table of contents
Intro -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- List of Figures -- List of Tables -- Editors' Preface -- Acknowledgements -- About the Editors -- List of Contributors -- Part A: Sustainability, SMEs and mixed methods -- 1. Key roots and approaches to sustainability -- 1.1. Introduction: The roots and meaning of sustainable development -- 1.2. Critique and developments -- 1.3. Transformative approaches to sustainability -- 1.4. Reimagining sustainability -- 1.5. Business and sustainability -- 1.6. Conclusion -- Note -- References -- 2. Research on small and medium-sized enterprises and sustainability -- 2.1. Introduction -- 2.2. SMEs and sustainability -- 2.3. Environmental responsibility and SMEs -- 2.4. Barriers to environmental improvement in the SME sector -- 2.5. Discussion and conclusion -- References -- 3. Mapping the existing methodological SME and sustainability landscape -- 3.1. Introduction -- 3.2. Methodological review of SME and Environment research -- 3.3. Publication trends in SMEs and Environment -- 3.4. Geographical mixed method developments -- 3.5. Discussion and conclusion -- References -- 3.6 Appendices -- Part B: Mixed methods in sustainability SME research: A global outlook -- 4. Mixed methods research and environmental management: A reflective perspective of a research group and some lessons from experience -- 4.1. Introduction -- 4.2. Discovering the usefulness of combining quantitative and qualitative methods -- 4.3. Research questions and methodological choices in environmental management research -- 4.4. The research methods we know may determine the research questions we ask -- 4.5. A deliberate and planned combination of quantitative and qualitative methods in environmental management -- 4.6. Discovering mixed methods research literature
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non fiction
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1 online resource (281 pages)
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