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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
Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management


This paper enhances our understanding how country-level (government environmental policies, legal and market requirements, technological advances, among others) and firm-level (organizational size, culture, managerial characteristics, among others) dynamic capabilities are related to the sustainability of emerging economies' multinationals. A limited number of studies explore the linkages between such macro-and micro-level dynamic capabilities and environmental sustainability, which urge emerging economies' multinationals to reconsider their environmental policies and practices in order to compete with enterprises from developed countries. The findings from literature suggest that both macro-and micro-level dynamic capabilities of multinationals directly and indirectly influence environmental sustainability. We develop a theoretical framework and suggest propositions that provide insights about the fundamental links between dynamic capabilities (both macro and micro) and environmental sustainability, further straddling through coordination efforts. We also provide directions, and the developed propositions can be empirically tested in subsequent studies using country-level and firm-level data on institutional quality to examine the interactions between macro-and micro-level capabilities as well as the links between these capabilities and sustainable practices for multinationals rooted into emerging economies.


Akhtar, P., Ullah, S., Amin, S. H., Kabra, G., & Shaw, S. (in press). Dynamic capabilities and environmental sustainability for emerging economies' multinational enterprises. International studies of management & organization,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 8, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 26, 2018
Print ISSN 0020-8825
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Dynamic capabilities; Environmental sustainability; Emerging economies; Multinational enterprises
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