Featured Session 260

Transitioning Towards the Sustainable Enterprise

Track P

Date: Monday, October 8, 2012


Time: 15:00 – 16:00

Featured Showcase Panel

Room: Meeting Hall V

Session Chair and Panelist:

  • Maurizio Zollo, Bocconi University

    photo of Maurizio Zollo

    Maurizio Zollo is the Dean’s Chaired Professor in Strategy and Sustainability at the Management and Technology department of Bocconi University, and director of the Center for Research in Organization and Management (CROMA). He also has a part-time chair appointment at the Vienna School of Economics and Business (WU) and a visiting professorship at the Sloan School of Management of the M.I.T.. He is currently the president of the European Academy of Management (EURAM), after having served as editor of the European Management Review, EURAM’s official journal. His current research activity focuses on directing the Global Organizational Learning and Development Network (GOLDEN) for Sustainability and on applying neuroscience to study the micro-foundations of strategic decisions related to innovation and sustainability. At SMS, he chaired the Innovation and Knowledge Interest Group, was one of the co-chairs of the 2010 annual conference in Rome, and co-founded the Stakeholder Strategy Interest Group.


Recent work shows that sustainable enterprises outperform in the long-term comparable (less sustainable) firms. Whereas the performance implications of sustainable enterprise models become clearer to executives and academics, it is still debatable whether firms are capable of undertaking the profound transformational processes necessary to develop a sustainable enterprise model and what the characteristics of these innovation processes might be. Furthermore, we lack a common understanding of what dimensions distinguish sustainable enterprises from others and what factors facilitate/hinder the process of transitioning towards sustainable enterprise models. The Panel is centered on three questions: 1) What dimensions of strategic relevance distinguish the sustainable enterprise(s) from others? 2) How do firms transition towards sustainable enterprise models? 3) How do we study these learning and change processes in firms?

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