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Dynamic capabilities and environmental sustainability for emerging economies’ multinational enterprises

Akhtar, Pervaiz; Ullah, Subhan; Amin, Saman Hassanzadeh; Kabra, Gaurav; Shaw, Sarah


Pervaiz Akhtar

Subhan Ullah

Saman Hassanzadeh Amin

Gaurav Kabra

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Dr Sarah Shaw
Reader in Logistics and Supply Chain Management


The purpose of this study is to enhance our understanding of how macro (country)—level dynamic capabilities (DC), such as government environmental policies, legal and market requirements, and technological advances, and micro (firm)—level DC, such as organizational size, culture, and managerial characteristics, are related to emerging economies multinationals’ environmental sustainability policies and practices. Limited studies explore linkages between macro-and micro-level DC and environmental sustainability, which urge emerging economies’ multinationals to reconsider their environmental policies and practices in order to compete with enterprises from developed countries. We develop a theoretical framework and offer propositions about the fundamental links between macro and micro DC and emerging economies environmental sustainability efforts. The propositions can be empirically tested in subsequent studies using country-level and firm-level data to examine the interactions between macro-and micro-level capabilities, in relation to sustainable policies and procedures, for multinationals in emerging economies.


Akhtar, P., Ullah, S., Amin, S. H., Kabra, G., & Shaw, S. (2020). Dynamic capabilities and environmental sustainability for emerging economies’ multinational enterprises. International studies of management & organization, 50(1), 27-42.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 8, 2017
Publication Date Jan 2, 2020
Deposit Date Jan 26, 2018
Journal International Studies of Management and Organization
Print ISSN 0020-8825
Electronic ISSN 1558-0911
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 50
Issue 1
Pages 27-42
Keywords Dynamic capabilities; Environmental sustainability; Emerging economies; Multinational enterprises
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