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Building a hierarchical framework of corporate sustainability transition challenges using the qualitative information approach

Ming-Lang Tseng (Institute of Innovation and Circular Economy, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan) (Department of Medical Research, China Medical University Hospital, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan) (Faculty of Economic and Management, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia)
Taufik Kurrahman (Department of Business Administration, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan)
Asik Hanita (Department of Business Administration, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan)
Ming K. Lim (Faculty of Business Environment and Society, Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University, Coventry, UK)
Yeneneh Tamirat Negash (Department of Business Administration, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan) (Institute of Innovation and Circular Economy, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 13 April 2021

Issue publication date: 30 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to form a valid measure and hierarchical framework to achieve corporate sustainability transitions (CSTs).

Design/methodology/approach

The fuzzy Delphi method (FDM) is applied to validate and eliminate challenges in sustainability transition regarding qualitative information. Fuzzy interpretive structural modeling (FISM) is used to build a hierarchical framework under uncertainties.

Findings

This study finds that technology investment, data management, eco-management and sociospatial embedding challenges are the highest hierarchical framework levels and affect CST.

Practical implications

A lack of awareness and knowledge, a lack of commitment, a lack of strategy, tolerance of unsustainable practices, a lack of stakeholder participation and a fragmented market are perceived as the challenges that show the highest driving and dependence power. These challenges serve as a reference for government and construction firms in the transition to sustainable corporate practices.

Originality/value

Unsustainable corporate practices have caused large amounts of energy consumption, resource depletion and environmental impacts. There are challenges in transitioning to corporate sustainability that must be addressed. The most significant challenges that need to be solved to facilitate the transition to corporate sustainability are identified and arranged in a hierarchical model. By identifying the hierarchical relationships among the challenges, a theoretical framework that extends the existing models is developed to assist decision-makers.

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Acknowledgements

This study is partially supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan. 108-2221-E-468 -004 -MY2

Citation

Tseng, M.-L., Kurrahman, T., Hanita, A., Lim, M.K. and Negash, Y.T. (2021), "Building a hierarchical framework of corporate sustainability transition challenges using the qualitative information approach", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 121 No. 5, pp. 1107-1141. https://doi.org/10.1108/IMDS-08-2020-0471

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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