The sustainability debate

Adrian Wilkinson*, Malcolm Hill, Paul Gollan

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This paper serves as an introduction to this special issue of the journal on the topic of suslainability. 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 u-it h suggestions for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1492-1502
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Operations and Production Management
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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