- 13:00 - 14:30
- Dr Pervaiz Akhtar
- Leeds University Business School, Charles Thackrah, Room SR4 (1.04)
- Who can attend:
- Staff, students, alumni and external guests
Essential micro-foundations for contemporary business operations: Top management tangible competencies, relationship-based business networks and environmental sustainability
Dr Pervaiz Akhtar, University of Hull Business School, will be discussing his recent research as part of the 2017/18 COSCR seminar series.
Although various studies have emphasised linkages between firm competencies, networks and sustainability at organisational level, the links between top management tangible competencies (e.g. contemporary relevant quantitative-focused education such as big data analytics and data-driven applications linked with the Internet of Things, relevant experience and analytical business applications), relationship-based business networks (RBNs) and environmental sustainability have not been well established at micro-level.
This study examines the links based on the data collected from 175 chief executive officers and managing directors, working in food import and export firms headquartered in the UK and New Zealand. The results from structural equation modelling indicate that top management tangible competencies (TMTCs) are the key determinants for building RBNs, mediating the correlation between TMTCs and environmental sustainability. Directly, the competencies also play a vital role towards environmental practices. The interaction effects further substantiate that relationship-oriented firms perform better compared to those which focus less on such networks.
Consequently, these findings provide a deeper understanding of the micro-foundations of environmental sustainability based on TMTCs rooted in the resource-based view and RBNs entrenched in the social network theory. Threefold implications for academics and practitioners are rooted in:
1) analytics and big data science affecting business and management curriculum
2) business schools and relevant industrial skills
3) suggestions for future research.
A link to the full, open-access study can be found here.
For further information, please contact the Research Office at research.LUBS@leeds.ac.uk
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