Sustainability adoption in project management practices within a social enterprise case

Shah, Satya ORCID: 0000-0001-5575-7682 and Naghi Ganji, Elmira (2019) Sustainability adoption in project management practices within a social enterprise case. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, 30 (2). pp. 346-367. ISSN 1477-7835

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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present the preliminary findings on the use of sustainable project management practices within social enterprise projects. The research gaps within this field have proposed the authors to address the challenges rising from lack of sustainable infrastructures in social-based projects both within for-profit and non-profit organisations. On the other side, behavioural needs and sustainable awareness of different stakeholders will be examined. Design/methodology/approach Secondary research consists of conducting a literature review clarifying the existing knowledge of the research topic within the body of literature. The stakeholders’ behavioural needs towards acting and implementing sustainable practices led to the adoption of sustainable practices within projects which are managed across profit and non-profit organisations. Findings The lack of sustainable behaviour and its adoption within organisations is also highlighted. The limitation of the research is the importance of integration of sustainable development (SD) within social projects. Such projects were identified as the drivers towards educating the society towards future generations’ sustainability awareness. However, if the adoption of sustainable practices is well established in some sectors (such as construction), literature tends to demonstrate a lack of information regarding other sectors, especially within social enterprises. Originality/value The novelty of the research is to develop an early understanding regarding linkages between sustainable practices and project management programmes within the social projects. The particular focus is given to corporate social responsibility and the comparative analysis has been made among for-profit and non-profit organisations in terms of SD metrics. The study results would be beneficial to the researchers and practitioners exploring within the same field.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environmental sustainability, Corporate social responsibility (CSR), Social enterprises, Social projects, Sustainable project management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Business, Accountancy and Law > Business Logistics Innovation and Systems Research
Off-Campus Division
Depositing User: Professor S.R. Shah
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 09:30
Last Modified: 17 May 2019 11:15
Identification Number: 10.1108/MEQ-03-2018-0050

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