Prelims

Challenges on the Path Toward Sustainability in Europe

ISBN: 978-1-80043-973-3, eISBN: 978-1-80043-972-6

Publication date: 4 December 2020

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(2020), "Prelims", Žabkar, V. and Redek, T. (Ed.) Challenges on the Path Toward Sustainability in Europe, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. i-xiii. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-80043-972-620201001

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Challenges on the Path Toward Sustainability in Europe

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Challenges on the Path Toward Sustainability in EuropeSocial Responsibility and Circular Economy Perspectives

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Prof. Vesna Žabkar, Ph.D.,

Prof. Tjaša Redek, Ph.D.

University of Ljubljana

United Kingdom – North America – Japan – India – Malaysia – China

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Contents

About the Contributors vii
The Challenges on the path Toward Sustainability in the EU Vesna
Žabkar, Tjaša Redek
1
Part I – Where does Europe stand?
Sustainable Development Goals in the EU and the Challenges in their Implementation
Tjaša Redek, Polona Domadenik and Matjaž Koman
11
How Far is the European Union from Sustainable Development Goals?
Matjaž Koman, Polona Domadenik and Tjaša Redek
31
Part II – The corporate and consumer perspective
Strategic CSR: Mapping the State-of-the-art
Barbara Cˇ ater, Urša Golob and Vesna Žabkar
57
Toward Better Understanding of the Corporate Sustainability Concept
Tomaž Cˇ ater and Patricia Fux
81
Why does a firm go bankrupt?
Denis Marinšek
101
Innovation for a greener and more Profitable Future: A Conceptual Approach
Polona Domadenik, Francesco Pastore, Matjaž Koman and Tjaša Redek
127
Environmental-sustainability Aspect in the Outsourcing of business-logistics Services
Marko Jakšicˇ and Marko Budler
147
Sustainable Market Exchange from the Consumer Perspective
Barbara Culiberg, Mateja Kos Koklic, Vesna Žabkar and Katarina K. Mihelicˇ
171
Part III – The Socio-Economic and Regulatory Context of Sustainable Development
National Transfer Accounts Indicators of Economic Dependency in the EU Countries
Jože Sambt and Tanja Istenicˇ
191
Promoting Well-being through Intergenerational Transfers and Gender Equality in 25 EU Countries
Tanja Istenicˇ, Jože Sambt and Daša Farcˇnik
209
The Importance of Human Capital for Sustainability
Daša Farcˇnik and Tanja Istenicˇ
237
Reinforcement of Social Sustainability through Education and Public Intangible Capital
Eva Erjavec
253
Over-regulation, Degradation of the Rule of Law and Implementation of Sustainable Practices
Mitja Kovac and Ann-Sophie Vandenberghe
271
Toward a Sustainable Future: Challenges Ahead
Aleksandar Kešeljevic´, Tjaša Redek and Vesna Žabkar
297
Index 313

About the Contributors

Marko Budler is a Full-time Lecturer and Researcher at School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana. His research interests include business models, business logistics, co-opetition, purchasing, and supply chain networks. His work was published in highly ranked journals such as Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Journal of Management and Organization, and Tourism Economics and presented at top-ranked conferences such as AOM Meeting, R&D in Management, TEMSCON, DSI, AMCIS, among others.

Barbara Čater is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana, where she also received her PhD in business administration. During her doctoral study, she spent three months at University of Nottingham (UK), and she completed her master study at Drury University (USA). She was a visiting scholar at University of Regensburg (Germany). Her main research interests lie in business-to-business marketing and sustainable issues in marketing. Her articles have been published in several international journals, such as Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Small Business Management, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Service Industries Journal, etc.

Tomaž Čater is a Full Professor of Management at the School of Economics and Business of the University of Ljubljana. He is a Director of the Master Program in Sport Management and a Former Head of the Department of Management and Organization. External to the Faculty he was a Member of the Management Board of the European Academy of Management and the President of the Slovenian Academy of Management. His main fields of research, teaching, and consulting are competitive advantages of firms, strategic management, corporate social and environmental responsibility, and sport management. He has also worked as a Visiting Professor at universities in Indiana (USA), Chemnitz and Regensburg (Germany), and Dubai (UAE), among others. He is the Author or Co-author of 60 scientific articles in journals, including the award-winning article in the prestigious journal Organizational Research Methods.

Barbara Culiberg is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana. In her research, she primarily focuses on ethical decision-making related to ethical and unethical consumer practices, such as pro-environmental behavior, participation in the shadow economy, and digital piracy. More recently, she has started working on new projects on the sharing economy and environmental anti-consumption. Her work has been published in various international scientific journals, including Journal of Business Ethics, Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Consumer Behaviour, Business Ethics: A European Review, and International Journal of Consumer Studies.

Polona Domadenik is a Professor of Economics at School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana and IMB Programme Director. She published several papers in refereed journals (International Journal of Manpower, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Review of Comparative Economics, etc.) discussing the problems of youth unemployment, enterprise restructuring, corporate governance investment, and labor market institutions in developed economies. She was a Coordinator of two GDN projects and Member of the research team of several research projects, financed by European Commission, Slovene government and PHARE program. In the period of 2009–2010, she was a Fulbright Scholar at University of California, Davis. In 2004, she received IMF/GDN research grant and spent five weeks at IMF headquarters in Washington, DC.

Eva Erjavec is a Young Researcher at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana. She finished an international full-time master’s program in business administration and is currently a PhD student at the University of Ljubljana. Her research focuses on intangible capital and investments of firms in the intangibles and has already published a few publications. She is a Teaching Assistant at the undergraduate program.

Daša Farcˇnik, PhD, is a Researcher and Assistant Professor at the School of Economics and Business of the University of Ljubljana. Her research interests are mainly related to the economics of education, labor economics, and investigation of firms’ behavior. She was part of the OECD project Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), she was Marie Curie Fellow at the CERGE-EI in Prague, Czech Republic and is part of the Horizon2020 project that focuses on the investment in intangible capital. She teaches microeconomics, industrial organization, and managerial economics.

Patricia Fux is a Teaching Assistant in Marketing Department at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana (SEB LU). She started with her studies at the SEB LU and then continued at Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow where she finished a Master’s degree in International Strategic Marketing, with distinction. Now she is doing an interdisciplinary PhD in Environment protection at the University of Ljubljana. Her main research interests are barriers in achieving sustainability from companies and consumers perspective, which is also the topic of her PhD. Her interest in barriers to sustainability stems from broader interest in ethical business practices and consumer behavior. Her first work was published in Dynamic Relationships Management Journal.

Urša Golob is an Associate Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences. She was a Visiting Professor at the IE University, Madrid. Her research work is positioned in social psychology, communication/media studies, and organizational studies with the focus on CSR and sustainability. Her works have been published in Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Business Ethics – A European Review, Journal of Cleaner Production, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, European Journal of Marketing, among others. She is the Co-editor-in-Chief of Journal of Brand Management and serves as Editorial Board Member of Corporate Reputation Review. She is a Co-founder of the International CSR Communication Conference.

Tanja Istenič holds a PhD in Economics from the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana. She teaches Introductory Statistics, Monetary Economics, Research Methods and Techniques, and Advanced Macroeconomics. Her research focuses on economic dependency and intergenerational transfers, socioeconomic effects of population ageing and gender (in)equality. She actively participates scientific conferences and publishes her work in domestic and international publications. For her research work, she also received several international prizes.

Marko Jakšič is an Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana. He obtained doctoral degrees at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana and at the Technical University of Eindhoven (TUE) and held a position of a Visiting Professor/Researcher at TUE’s School of Industrial Engineering, City University in Hong Kong and Kuehne Logistics University in Hamburg. In his research work, he explores fields of quantitative inventory research, behavioral aspects of operations management, recent supply chain and digitalization trends, and transportation policies.

Aleksandar Kešeljević is an Associate Professor at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana. In the center of his research interests are sustainability topics, such as Green tax and budget reform, National development strategies and Institutional analysis and divergence in capitalism. Between 2014 and 2018, he was Adviser to the Prime minister of Slovenia on economic affairs, economic policy, and infrastructure. At the moment, he teaches Macroeconomics, Environmental Economics, and Economics and theory of science. His work has been published in Journal of Institutional Economics, Journal of Happiness Studies, Applied Economics, Economic Modelling, and other journals.

Matjaž Koman is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business. He got his PhD from University of Michigan and was Visiting Researcher at Columbia University (USA) and National University of Singapore. His research focuses on economics of transition and labor economics, with special emphasis on firm behavior and firm’s productivity issues. He published a number of articles, among them also in Journal of Comparative Economics and Eastern European Economics. He was also involved in several national and international projects. He teaches microeconomics, managerial economics, and mathematics for economists.

Mateja Kos Koklic is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. Her research focuses on consumer behavior, particularly in the sustainable and responsible consumption context, collaborative consumption, anti-consumption, and digital piracy. She has had articles published in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Appetite, Computers in Human Behavior, and other outlets.

Mitja Kovac gained his LLM and PhD at Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance (The Netherlands). Currently he is an Associate Professor at the University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business (Slovenia) and a Visiting Lecturer at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and at the University of Ghent (Belgium). His work appears in the Journal of Institutional Economics, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, International Review of Law and Economics, Asian Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Comparative Law, Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, Business Law Review, European Review of Contract Law, European Review of Private Law, Journal of Consumer Policy, Global Journal of Comparative Law and his books are published by Edward Elgar, Palgrave MacMillan, and Intersentia publishers.

Denis Marinšek is an Assistant Professor of Statistics at University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business. He finished interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Statistics, where he analyzed the application of multilevel linear modeling on corporate capital structure, movements of capital structure of European firms, and the impact of indebtedness on a firm’s performance. During his doctoral study, he successfully passed all three levels of the Charter Financial Analyst Programme and became a CFA charter holder in 2013. He teaches statistics and research methods at undergraduate and graduate programs, while his research interest focuses on statistics and finance.

Katarina Katja Mihelič is an Associate Professor of Management and Organization at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana. Her research interests include (un)ethical behaviors, work–family dynamics, organizational behavior, and psychological contracts. Her work has been published in international scholarly outlets such as Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Personnel Review, and Business Ethics: A European Review, among others. She leads the Employers’ work package in an international project on Global Entrepreneurial Talent Management, funded by H2020 scheme (MSCA-RISE).

Francesco Pastore is an Associate Professor of Economics at Università of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” (formerly Seconda Università di Napoli). He gained a PhD in Economics at the University of Sussex. His main research interests are in labor, education economics, development, and transition economics. His scientific papers have been published in international (such as Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Economic Surveys, Economics of Education Review, Studies in Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Stata Journal, Journal of Policy Modeling, European Journal of Development Research, Social Indicators Research, Economics of Transition, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Eastern European Economics, Post-Communist Economies, and Empirica) in national journals and in edited books published by Palgrave MacMillan, Routledge, and Springer Verlag. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics, the International Journal of Manpower, among other journals. Since June 2019, he has served as the Editorial Manager of the IZA Journal of Development and Migration.

Tjaša Redek is a Professor of Economics at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana. She studied at the University of Ljubljana and at the London School of Economics and visited University of Valencia as a researcher. Her research focuses on different development and sustainability-related topics, such as intangible capital, firm development and competitiveness, as well as sustainable socioeconomic development, primarily in the context of labor markets. She published a number of publications and has been involved in several national and international projects. She teaches development economics, competitiveness policy, and microeconomics.

Jože Sambt is a Professor of Economics at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana. He studied at the University of Ljubljana and visited Vienna Institute of Demography, UC Berkeley, and East-West Center Hawaii as a Researcher. His main lines of research are intergenerational transfers and economic consequences of population aging with the focus on long-term sustainability and pensions. His work has been published by recognized publishers and journals including Science. He collaborates with national and international organizations and policy-makers and he has been involved in numerous national and international projects. Among the courses he teaches are national accounts and intergenerational transfers, demography, economic statistics, and labour economics.

Ann-Sophie Vandenberghe is an Associate Professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Law, Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics (The Netherlands) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Hamburg, Institute of Law and Economics. She gained her PhD at Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance and has been a Visiting Lecturer at Maastricht University and at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. She has published her work in the field of comparative law and economics, labor law and economics and consumer protection and her work appears in the Springer’s Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, Journal of Consumer Policy, Zeitschrift fur Europäisches Privatrecht, and Erasmus Law Review.

Vesna Žabkar is a Professor of Marketing at School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana (SEB LU) and Former Vice-dean of Research and Doctoral Studies at SEB LU. She was a Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University (Fulbright Grant) and is a Visiting Professor at University of Vienna (Chair of International marketing). Her research interests focus on sustainability, marketing accountability, and international marketing. Her work has been published in Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of International Marketing, and other outlets. She is married with two teenage children.