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Factors and determinants of value- and business-driven sustainability initiatives in health care organizations: intrinsic differences and extrinsic similarities

Rocio Rodriguez (Krisitiania University College, Oslo, UK)
Göran Svensson (Oslo School of Management, Oslo, Norway)
Nils M. Høgevold (Department of Marketing, Oslo School of Management, Oslo, Norway)
David Eriksson (The School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden)

Corporate Governance

ISSN: 1472-0701

Article publication date: 11 June 2019

Issue publication date: 13 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to compare the similarities and differences relating to sustainability initiatives between health-care organizations. The aim is to provide a framework of factors and their determinants to enable a profiling of organizational sustainability initiatives.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on an inductive approach, judgmental sampling was applied to select relevant health-care organizations. Informants were identified according to their knowledge of their organizations’ sustainability initiatives.

Findings

Several factors and their determinants for characterizing differences and similarities were found. The results also reveal that organizational sustainability initiatives are either value-driven or business-driven.

Research limitations/implications

The reported framework of factors and their determinants serves the purpose of profiling organizational sustainability initiatives. Opportunities for further research are provided.

Practical implications

This paper provides managerial guidance for characterizing the differences and similarities with respect to organizational sustainability initiatives in relation to other organizations.

Originality/value

This study establishes a framework for characterizing organizational sustainability initiatives. It also contributes to reveal whether organizational sustainability initiatives are value – or business-driven and considers intrinsic-oriented differences and extrinsic-oriented similarities.

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Citation

Rodriguez, R., Svensson, G., Høgevold, N.M. and Eriksson, D. (2019), "Factors and determinants of value- and business-driven sustainability initiatives in health care organizations: intrinsic differences and extrinsic similarities", Corporate Governance, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 806-823. https://doi.org/10.1108/CG-03-2019-0078

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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