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The sustainability debate

Adrian Wilkinson (Loughborough University Business School, Loughborough, UK)
Malcolm Hill (Loughborough University Business School, Loughborough, UK)
Paul Gollan (London School of Economics, London, UK)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Article publication date: 1 December 2001



This paper serves as an introduction to this special issue of the journal on the topic of sustainability. It commences with definitions of sustainability, followed by a description of the roles played by governments and corporations as developers of standards and legislation, and investors in products and processes, respectively. The paper then goes on to discuss the company capacities required to achieve sustainability, paying particular attention to operations management capabilities and the management of human resources. The discussion of these topics is related to the content of the other papers subsequently presented in this special issue, and the paper concludes with suggestions for further research.



Wilkinson, A., Hill, M. and Gollan, P. (2001), "The sustainability debate", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 21 No. 12, pp. 1492-1502.




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