…we obviously need to revise dramatically our thinking about the outlines of a just economy and a decent society in which everyone can lead dignified lives. Sufficiency Thinking provides creative approaches to this quandary and this important volume is a brilliant addition to the growing literature critical of mainstream business-as-usual ideology.
Sustainable Leadership in Thai small and medium sized enterprises
Dr. Suparak Suriyankietkaew has undertaken a major study of 366 small and medium sized enterprises in Thailand, examining the relationship between their leadership practices and performance using multiple performance criteria.
Overall, the results confirm that sustainable leadership practices not only positively drive organisational performance and sustainability, but also contribute to creating high-performance in firms.
Find out more:
Suriyankietkaew, S (2016). Effects of sustainable leadership on customer satisfaction: Evidence from Thailand. Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, 8(3), 245-259.
Suriyankietkaew, S. & Avery, G.C. 2016. Sustainable Leadership practices driving financial performance: Empirical evidence from Thailand. Sustainability, 8(4), 327. (Open Access article – full-text is freely available)
Suriyankietkaew, S. & Avery, G.C. 2014. Leadership practices influencing stakeholder satisfaction in Thai SMEs. Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, 6(3), 247-261.
Suriyankietkaew, S. & Avery, G.C. 2014. Employee satisfaction and Sustainable Leadership practices in Thai SMEs. Journal of Global Responsibility, 5(1), 160-173.
Universities – are they failing the future?
Lorne Butt successfully gained her doctorate examining the extent to which universities in the Sydney basin are promoting sustainable thinking in both their courses and management. Sadly, she found that here is plenty of room for improvement in embedding sustainable concepts in both domains. This work is highly significant given the important role that universities play in educating tomorrow’s leaders.
Butt, L., More, E. & Avery, G.C. 2014. The myth of the ‘green student’: Student involvement in Australian university sustainability programs. Studies in Higher Education. 39(5), 786-804.
Butt, L., More, E. & Avery, G. C. 2013. Sustainability education and professional development programs for managers in Australian universities. In: Avery, G.C. & Hughes, B. (Eds) 2013. Fresh Thoughts in Sustainable Leadership. Tilde University Press, Prahran.
Butt, L., More, E. & Avery, G.C. 2013. Mission critical: Sustainability education as core business in Australian universities. Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Sustainable Leadership, Institute for Sustainable Leadership, June 4-7, Nice, France. ISBN 978-0-9874618-2-7. (Free access to the full-text)
Rethinking stock exchanges for the long term
This project addresses a fatal flaw in the equity markets. In effect, there is a fundamental clash between the objectives/needs of stock exchanges on the one hand (high-velocity, high-volume trading), and investors and investees on the other (long-term, intelligent, non-perilous capital).
For companies to be able to think and act long-term, they need access to long-term money. Current stock exchanges do not provide this. The proposal is for a radical new long-term equity investment vehicle that meets industry needs.
Australian honeybee companies
This project aims to identify 10 Australian “Honeybee” organizations and then examine their practices in detail. The outcome will be a book of case studies showcasing the many different ways in which sustainable leadership principles can be implemented.
The first part of this project, funded by Macquarie Graduate School of Management, involves poring over annual reports, accreditation data, and media articles. The second stage will include interviews with executives in the chosen organisations.
Interviews with CEOs doing remarkable things
ISL is interviewing CEOs who are beating the odds in various ways by adopting sustainable practices.
Dr David Cooke from Konica-Minolta has turned his company around on every measure by focusing on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, he has given his company the purpose of abolishing human slavery (SDG 8.5) and has united the employees and other stakeholders behind this high-level purpose.
The interview is published in Strategy & Leadership, 45(3), 38-44.
Dr Thep Himathongkam is transforming diabetes treatment in Thailand, overcoming cultural, social and economic barriers in setting up the world-renowned Theptarin Hospital in Bangkok.
The interview is published in Strategy & Leadership, 44(3), 40-46.
Pioneering Minds podcast: Gayle Avery on business sustainability.
One of a series created by Macquarie University. It’s a fascinating conversation on sustainable leadership, ISL’s work in Thailand and details on ISL’s new book.
Find out more and listen online to the podcast.