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dc.contributor.authorNava, Lucrezia
dc.contributor.authorTampe, M
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-18T23:30:20Z
dc.date.available2022-05-18T23:30:20Z
dc.date.issued2022-04-08
dc.identifier.issn1052-150X
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/337286
dc.description.abstractVoluntary sustainability standards (VSS) aim to encourage ethical behaviors of organizations, yet studies show that many VSS adopters do not live up to these promises. Existing literature typically attributes the reason for this ineffectiveness to either policy-practice decoupling, owing to a lack of adhering to VSS requirements, or means-ends decoupling, owing to a lack of adapting to the local context. However, little is known about how the contradictory needs of adherence and adaptation evolve throughout VSS implementation. Building on the knowledge transfer literature, we develop a dynamic conceptual framework that distinguishes two phases of VSS implementation. Specifically, we theorize how tensions emerge in the transition between phases since the first phase primarily calls for adherence, whereas the second calls for adaptation. Applying this framework, we develop propositions to illustrate how these tensions relate to different VSS characteristics: stringency, enforcement, and scope. The article concludes with implications and future research directions for VSS scholarship.
dc.publisherCambridge University Press
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectvoluntary sustainability standards
dc.subjectdecoupling
dc.subjectorganizational tensions
dc.subjectknowledge transfer
dc.subjectdynamic perspective
dc.titleThe challenge of implementing voluntary sustainability standards: a dynamic framework on the tension between adherence and adaptation
dc.typeArticle
dc.publisher.departmentJudge Business School
dc.date.updated2022-05-17T08:30:48Z
prism.endingPage31
prism.numberPII S1052150X2200001X
prism.publicationDate2022
prism.publicationNameBusiness Ethics Quarterly
prism.startingPage1
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.84701
dcterms.dateAccepted2022-01-05
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1017/beq.2022.1
rioxxterms.versionVoR
dc.contributor.orcidNava, Lucrezia [0000-0001-7579-6398]
dc.contributor.orcidTampe, M [0000-0003-0684-8806]
dc.identifier.eissn2153-3326
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2022-04-08
cam.depositDate2022-05-17
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pubs.licence-display-nameApollo Repository Deposit Licence Agreement


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