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The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa: Human Rights, Partnerships, Alternative Business Models
     

The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa: Human Rights, Partnerships, Alternative Business Models

by Ralph Hamann (Editor), Stu Woolman (Editor), Courtenay Sprague (Editor)
 

The strategies that business managers pursue can have far-reaching impacts on communities and the environment—particularly in countries with severe poverty and weak governance. This book argues that pursuing a values-based approach to business strategy, coupled with a willingness to innovate and collaborate, can help companies ensure that their impact is a

Overview

The strategies that business managers pursue can have far-reaching impacts on communities and the environment—particularly in countries with severe poverty and weak governance. This book argues that pursuing a values-based approach to business strategy, coupled with a willingness to innovate and collaborate, can help companies ensure that their impact is a positive one.

Although the book focuses almost entirely on Africa, the lessons of the case studies and critical essays are salient for how business is and should be conducted around the world. The overarching themes of human rights, cross-sector partnerships, and alternative business models are each considered in an overview essay in Part 1 and then subsequently illustrated in diverse case studies. The combination of conceptual discussion and illustrative case studies make this an important contribution on the changing role of business in the world today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789280811681
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
02/18/2009
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Hamann is senior researcher in the Environmental Evaluation Unit at the University of Cape Town and associate professor extraordinary at the Sustainability Institute, Stellenbosch University (South Africa). Stu Woolman is a public law consultant with Ashira (Pty) Ltd. in Johannesburg, South Africa. Courtenay Sprague is a faculty member at the Graduate School of Business and a doctoral student in the Development Studies Department at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa).

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