Transdisciplinarity in Corporate Sustainability. Mapping the Field

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Schaltegger S, Beckmann M, Hansen EG
Journal: Business Strategy and the Environment
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Publication year: 2013
Volume: 22
Journal issue: 4
Pages range: 219-229
ISSN: 0964-4733
eISSN: 1099-0836


Sustainability challenges are complex. So are the challenges that business firms encounter in their corresponding quest for corporate sustainability. Given this complexity, there is a need for new approaches to corporate sustainability management research. We discuss transdisciplinarity as such a novel approach in three steps. After showing that specialization is the primary conventional response to increasing complexity, we first briefly compare how inter-, multi- and transdisciplinarity reintegrate decentralized, specialized knowledge. The second step describes how the emerging sustainability science has recently advanced the transdisciplinary methodology. Based on the two dimensions of interdisciplinarity and academia-practice collaboration, we third generate a framework for mapping existing research approaches in terms of their transdisciplinary qualities. We use this framework to identify room for novel methodologies in sustainability management research. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Beckmann, Markus Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Corporate Sustainability Management

How to cite

Schaltegger, S., Beckmann, M., & Hansen, E.G. (2013). Transdisciplinarity in Corporate Sustainability. Mapping the Field. Business Strategy and the Environment, 22(4), 219-229.

Schaltegger, Stefan, Markus Beckmann, and Erik G. Hansen. "Transdisciplinarity in Corporate Sustainability. Mapping the Field." Business Strategy and the Environment 22.4 (2013): 219-229.


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