A.N. (Amanda) Williams MSc

Amanda Williams
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM PhD Candidate
Field: Organisation
Affiliated since 2013

PhD Track A Systems Perspective of Corporate Sustainability

Given the capacity of collective business actions to impact macro-level systems, the need for managers to understand complex social-ecological systems may be essential. A growing number of corporate initiatives focus on managing border social-ecological issues, however, organization studies have yet to fully tackle the interconnections between organizations, society and the natural environment. In this project, I aim to contribute to the body of literature that seeks to understand the interconnections between organizations and broader social-ecological systems. I draw on insights from systems thinking to understand corporate sustainability from a nested systems perspective, which suggests that firms depend on society and the natural environment to thrive. For this project, I set three specific aims: (1) Review the literature at the intersection of corporate sustainability and systems thinking and highlight future research opportunities. (2) Develop theoretical frameworks for conceptualizing corporate sustainability, planetary risks, and resilience from a systems perspective. (3) Demonstrate how global social-ecological sustainability frameworks are utilized in a global business association.

Corporate sustainability, systems perspective, cross-scale resilience, qualitative research
Time frame
2013 -
  • S.P. Kennedy, G.M. Whiteman & A. Williams (2015). Sustainable Innovation at Interface: Workplace Pro-Environmental Behavior as a Collective Driver for Continuous Improvement. In The Psychology of Green Organizations. Oxford University Press


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