The Business-Society Nexus for the 21st Century

Bergman, Manfred Max and Bergman, Zinette and Liu, Baocheng and Arora, Bimal and Hou, Shengtian and Sengupta, Rijit. (2020) The Business-Society Nexus for the 21st Century. Journal of Sustainability Research, 2 (1). e200004.

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Eurocentric academic and policy propositions on global sustainability tend to emphasize the transfer of knowledge, skills, technology, funds, or social values to lower and middle income countries. Yet, India and China increasingly influence geo-economic and geo-political shifts, accompanied by sociocultural and environmental consequences. Their increasing independence and global agenda setting capacity, as well as their capabilities to institutionally coordinate and execute programs toward economic and social development within and well beyond their national borders transcend the current imaginaries of most stakeholders from higher income countries. Although we are witnessing a transformation of the business-society nexus and its consequences on public, private, and civic spheres, research in particular and academia more generally have been slow to acknowledge and respond to these paradigm shifts. The importance to understand and to be understood by India and China, however, can no longer be ignored. Globally, businesses, societies, and governments must find new ways of interacting in the interest of mutual survival and prosperity. But what does this mean in practice? What could be a sustainable business-society nexus for the 21st century? In this paper, we examine the opportunities and challenges inherent in emerging trends and the positions stakeholders and contemporary academic disciplines take in relation to these. We outline the potential for a future research agenda on a sustainable business-society nexus that is business-relevant, solution-driven, future-oriented, culture-sensitive, and devoted to people, planet, prosperity, partnerships, and peace.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Soziologie > Sozialforschung und Methodologie (Bergman)
UniBasel Contributors:Bergman, Zinette and Bergman, Manfred Max
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:United Kingdom Hapres Limited
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:18 Jan 2021 10:49
Deposited On:16 Jan 2021 14:03

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