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1. Levin, Matthew H., Levin. The Role of an Ethos of Sustainability: The Hidden Value of Intangible Resources.

Degree: PhD, Management, 2017, Case Western Reserve University

Business enterprises are investing in major sustainability initiatives; yet, often they do notknow the financial outcomes of these activities. While managers may have a sense that`doing good' yields financial rewards, they cannot pinpoint the specific effects onfinancial performance. There is extensive literature focusing on how corporate socialresponsibility (CSR) and sustainability initiatives affect corporate financial performance(CFP). Since 1975 there have been over 200 research studies on this question; yet, theresults remain mixed. In some cases, researchers have found a positive relationshipbetween CSR and CFP; whereas, other research has revealed either negative orinconclusive relationships.This mixed methods three-phased study draws data from a number of for-profitbusiness enterprises, and seeks to understand how sustainability activities influencefinancial outcomes beneficial to the organization. Beginning with a qualitative researchstudy and 32 interviews of business executives, consultants, and academics representing a broad cross-section of organizations, and followed by two quantitative research studies of 150 public corporations in different sectors of the manufacturing industry, I tease out a broader conceptualization of financial performance.Utilizing existing theory together with analysis of exploratory research data, Ipropose a new construct of how certain business organizations, those that have an `ethos of sustainability, may be enabled to develop unique firm resources that are "valuable, rare, inimitable, and non-substitutable" (Barney, 1991). The third phase of this study examines the relationship of an Ethos of Sustainability to Innovation as an intangible resource of the firm. Based on tests utilizing content analysis of 150 corporatesustainability reports and regression analysis of the hypothesized relationships, I findassociations between measures of firms' Ethos of Sustainability and Innovation.Specifically, striving for Operational Excellence, earning Sustainability Awards andMemberships, and becoming a Learning Organization reveal significant and positiverelationships with Innovation. Whereas, I find no significant relationship between Eco-efficiency and Innovation. Resource-based Theory, Stakeholder Theory, and UpperEchelons Theory help explain these relationships.These findings provide support for the business case for CSR and are important topractitioners and academicians who are responsible for sustainability success within theirorganization or field of research. Advisors/Committee Members: Laszlo, Chris (Committee Chair).

Subjects/Keywords: Accounting; Management; corporate social responsibility; CSR; corporate financial performance; CFP; ethos; innovation; intangible resources; sustainability

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APA (6th Edition):

Levin, Matthew H., L. (2017). The Role of an Ethos of Sustainability: The Hidden Value of Intangible Resources. (Doctoral Dissertation). Case Western Reserve University. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=case1497005512519097

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Levin, Matthew H., Levin. “The Role of an Ethos of Sustainability: The Hidden Value of Intangible Resources.” 2017. Doctoral Dissertation, Case Western Reserve University. Accessed September 22, 2017. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=case1497005512519097.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Levin, Matthew H., Levin. “The Role of an Ethos of Sustainability: The Hidden Value of Intangible Resources.” 2017. Web. 22 Sep 2017.

Vancouver:

Levin, Matthew H. L. The Role of an Ethos of Sustainability: The Hidden Value of Intangible Resources. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Case Western Reserve University; 2017. [cited 2017 Sep 22]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=case1497005512519097.

Council of Science Editors:

Levin, Matthew H. L. The Role of an Ethos of Sustainability: The Hidden Value of Intangible Resources. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Case Western Reserve University; 2017. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=case1497005512519097

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