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Research Handbook of Sustainability Agency


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1 Introduction to the Research Handbook of Sustainability Agency 1
Satu Teerikangas, Katariina Koistinen, Tiina Onkila, Marileena Mäkelä

2 Theorising individual agency within sociotechnical sustainability
transitions frames: a social psychological review 29
Paul Upham, Paula Bögel, Rita G. Klapper and Eva Kašperová
3 Sustainability agency at the top of the organization: microfoundations
research on corporate sustainability 46
Ashley Salaiz, Shih-chi (Sana) Chiu and Judith L. Walls
4 Not dinosaurs but dynamos: the roles of middle managers in corporate
social responsibility and sustainable development issues 62
Gustavo Birollo, Susana Esper and Linda Rouleau
5 Barriers to implementing sustainability experienced by middle
managers in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods and Retail sector 75
Andrew Mountfield, Kelly Hrajnoha, Leslie Koh, Lija Lascenko, Renata
Puchala and Cornelia Schalch
6 Employee agency in the context of organisational sustainability 92
Sally Russell, Fay Giæver and Tiina Onkila
7 The role of ambivalence in sustainable consumption: literature review
and research agenda 103
Jenni Sipilä

8 Roles and practices of institutional workers in climate change action: a review 123
Jan Hermes and Mikołaj Pawlak
9 Sustainability activism: a review of the state of the art 139
Marileena Mäkelä and Laura Olkkonen
10 Emotions in sustainability work: the case of ecopreneurs 157
Fay Giæver and Sally Russell
11 Social entrepreneurship as sustainability agency 166
Hanna Lehtimäki, Subhanjan Sengupta, Ville-Veikko Piispanen and Kaisa
12 Agency of citizen collectives in sustainable transitions: the case of
renewable energy cooperatives in Europe 178
Thomas Hoppe and Beau Warbroek
13 Social movement organizations’ agency for sustainable organizing 194
Helen Etchanchu, Frank G.A. de Bakker and Giuseppe Delmestri

14 Stakeholder engagement in sustainability transitions 211
Lara Gonzalez-Porras, Anna Heikkinen, Johanna Kujala and Riikka Tapaninaho
15 Partnerships to save the planet? Motivations, types and impacts of
sustainability partnerships 227
Barbara Gray and Art Dewulf
16 The role of sustainability agency in mergers and acquisitions 245
Noelia-Sarah Reynolds and Melanie E. Hassett
17 Circular economy ecosystems: a typology, definitions, and implications 257
Leena Aarikka-Stenroos, Paavo Ritala and Llewellyn D. W. Thomas
18 Agency and sustainability in the construction industry 274
Niamh Murtagh and Natalya Sergeeva
19 Distributed agency in living labs for sustainability transitions 290
Anil Engez, Paul H. Driessen, Leena Aarikka-Stenroos and Marika Kokko
20 The interagency cycle in sustainability transitions 303
Ari Jokinen, Jarmo Uusikartano, Pekka Jokinen and Marika Kokko

21 Law, agency and sustainability: the role of law in creating sustainability agency 318
Jaakko Salminen and Mikko Rajavuori
22 Predictions from Transitions theories, Dynamic Capabilities and Real
Options theory on the role of governments as agents of sustainability 331
Ilias Krystallis and Katariina Koistinen
23 Local governments using their agency in sustainable transitions 346
Thomas Hoppe
24 Corporate sustainability from a strategic management perspective: one
way for companies to support sustainability transitions 362
Romana Rauter and Sabrina Lämmerer
25 Sustainable consumption in the developing world: the case of India 376
Shenaz Rangwala and Chanaka Jayawardhena
26 Sustainability practices in informal economies: actors, roles, and
research outlook 390
Stefan Gröschl

27 Synthesis and future research directions 400
Satu Teerikangas, Katariina Koistinen, Tiina Onkila and Marileena Mäkelä


About the Author

Edited by Satu Teerikangas, Professor, Department of Management and Organisation, University of Turku, Finland and Honorary Professor, The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, University College London, UK, Tiina Onkila, Associate Professor, Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, University of Jyväskylä, Katariina Koistinen, Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Management and Organisation, University of Turku and Marileena Mäkelä, Senior Lecturer, Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics and School of Resource Wisdom, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

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