THEMATIC TRACKS AND TOPICS


THEMATIC TRACKS AND TOPICS

Scholars are invited to submit long papers and short papers about a relevant topic into the management field related to the following thematic tracks.
Conference Theme
Management of sustainability and well-being for individuals and society

Theory and practice in the field of management have been challenged by the emergence of sustainability and well-being as major global policy priorities. Both sustainability and well-being are complex, value-laden and strongly interconnected; however, they tend to exist in separate realms.

Sustainability literature has recorded an evolution in the way the concept of sustainable development is understood, leading to the articulation of sustainable development as human “well-being” and “flourishing”, rather than “needs”. Nevertheless, some scholars have pointed out a lack of clarity in the conceptualisation, which causes some ambiguity in terms of definition (Ronen & Kerret, 2020). Kjell (2011) observed that human needs and well-being are poorly understood, characterised and developed by sustainability research. Along the same vein, Helne & Hirvilammi (2015) observed that the overarching goal of sustainable development (i.e., well-being) has often been narrowly interpreted, mainly in economic terms, while connections between the natural environment and human flourishing have been overlooked. More recently, O’Mahony (2022) remarked that the literature conceptualising human well-being continues to exist largely outside sustainable development. Hence, placing well-being more clearly within the sustainability framework could be highly beneficial to sustainability.

Concurrently, the literature on well-being is almost entirely dissociated from the contributions of nature or the relationships with ecological and planetary systems (Roberts et al., 2015), and the importance of social dimensions is an emergent conclusion. Therefore, the rationale of contextual systems inherent to sustainability research (incorporating views of times, society and biosphere) could significantly enrich well-being research, fostering a more holistic perspective on well-being and an increased awareness of the limits of individual well-being pursuits (Kjell, 2011).

In brief, though well-being has major implications for sustainable development and vice versa, the body of literature that effectively integrates sustainability and well-being remains in an embryonic stage.

The above considerations aim to act as catalysts for an interdisciplinary debate within the field of management. Enriching the conception of flourishing well-being in sustainability and the contribution of nature in well-being can produce impactful scientific research, as O’Mahony (2022) points out. Equally important is the analysis of the links between sustainability and well-being, encompassing synergies and trade-offs, at the organizational level, in value chains and in interactions with stakeholders across various industries.

The Conference welcomes contributions based on different theories, methodological approaches and unit of analysis with the potential to empower a transformation for flourishing individuals, society and the natural world alike.

References

Helne T., Hirvilammi T. (2015). Wellbeing and sustainability: A relational approach. Sustainable Development, 23(3).

Kjell, O.N.E. (2011). Sustainable well-being: A potential synergy between sustainability and well-being research. Review of General Psychology, 15(3).

O’Mahony T. (2022). Toward sustainable wellbeing: Advances in contemporary concepts. Frontiers in Sustainability, 3: 807984.

Roberts L., Brower A., Kerr G., Lambert S., McWilliam W., Moore K., et al. (2015). The nature of wellbeing: How nature’s ecosystem services contribute to the wellbeing of New Zealand and New Zealanders. Wellington: Department of Conservation, 145.

Ronen T., Kerret D. (2020). Promoting sustainable wellbeing: Integrating positive psychology and environmental sustainability in education. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(19): 6968.

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