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Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management
António Mendes Lopes (editor), Jiazhong Zhang(editor)
António Mendes Lopes (editor)

University of Porto, Portugal


Jiazhong Zhang (editor)

School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province 710049, China

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Drivers to Promote Sustainability as Operational Strategy: Cross Content Analysis

Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management 7(4) (2019) 395--408 | DOI:10.5890/JEAM.2019.12.004

G.C. Oliveira Neto, L.F.R. Pinto

Industrial Engineering Post-Graduation Program, Universidade Nove de Julho, São Paulo, Rua Francisco Matarazzo, 612 zip code:05001-100, São Paulo, Brazil

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This research performed a cross content analysis of articles included in the special volumes of the Journal of Cleaner Production (SVJCP), derived from the International Workshop Advances in Cleaner Production (IWACP), to identify drivers for sustainability and propose new researches focused on promote sustainability as operational strategy. The research methodology consisted of bibliometric and systematic review on 163 papers through descriptive statistics and social networks analysis. The content analysis based on the extract of ecoefficiency tools, research methodology, industrial sectors, countries and approach of economic, environmental and social factors. Thus, this study contributes to the theory by suggesting the following opportunities for future researches: (i) adoption of action research methodology for the development of conceptual models and embedding them into corporate practice; (ii) international multi-cases analysis to compare Brazilian companies with firms from other countries and identify solutions to improve the environmental management of Brazilian companies; (iii) explores the use of industrial ecology and emergy by companies; and (iv) outline the metrics used by firms for monitoring the three sustainability factors, economic, environmental and social. Furthermore, the practical contributions consist of drivers to ensure the functioning of ecological systems, which increases the sustainability performance through the continuous business growth, human welfare and natural resources preservation.


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