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Integrating management control systems, mindfulness and sustainability: an occupational health and safety perspective

Wahab Shahbaz (School of Management, Massey Business School, Massey University, Albany, New Zealand)
Aymen Sajjad (School of Management, Massey Business School, Massey University, Albany, New Zealand)

Corporate Governance

ISSN: 1472-0701

Article publication date: 11 December 2020

Issue publication date: 8 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to integrate the notions of management control systems (MCS), mindfulness and sustainability, and introduce a framework demonstrating how sustainability outcomes – specifically occupational health and safety (OHS) improvements – can be accomplished by incorporating mindfulness-based interventions (or mindfulness-based training) as an effective MCS enabler.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors have conducted an integrative literature review to synthesize the knowledge of the mindfulness, sustainability and MCS literatures with a specific focus on OHS.

Findings

The findings revealed that there is a dearth of research that has investigated the potential linkages between mindfulness, MCS and sustainability. While some studies have explored the role of MCS in promoting sustainability and corporate social responsibility concepts, as well as the linkages between mindfulness and sustainability, this paper specifically looked at how mindfulness-based interventions can be applied in the organizational context to enhance OHS sustainability outcomes.

Research limitations/implications

This paper introduces a framework that shows how mindfulness-based interventions, as a means of MCS, can be used to enhance desired OHS sustainability outcomes.

Originality/value

This paper extends the sustainability, mindfulness and MCS literature by explicating how mindfulness-based interventions can be used as one of the key MCS enablers that support sustainability and OHS outcomes. Accordingly, the authors argue that this is one of the few early review papers that have investigated the potential connections between mindfulness, sustainability and MCS in the OHS context.

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Citation

Shahbaz, W. and Sajjad, A. (2021), "Integrating management control systems, mindfulness and sustainability: an occupational health and safety perspective", Corporate Governance, Vol. 21 No. 3, pp. 433-449. https://doi.org/10.1108/CG-06-2020-0242

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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