An exploration of implementation and usefulness of sustainability management accounting

A comparative study between Australia and Sri Lanka

At a firm level, corporate sustainability is contextual and dynamic. Associate Professor Ki-Hoon Lee is investigating the similarities and differences between developed and developing countries in terms of environmental and sustainability management accounting implementation and levels of usefulness in practice.

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Does size matter?

Evaluating corporate environmental disclosure in the Australian mining industry

There are an increasing number of companies in the mining and metals sector disclosing environmental sustainability information. However, there is ongoing debate about the relationship between the quantity and the quality of environmental disclosure."

Associate Professor Ki-Hoon Lee is investigating the differences between the top performing group and the bottom performing group in terms of environmental disclosure quality.

Building a business case for coastal adaptation

Countries in the South-Asian region like Bangladesh are extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. Rapid and unplanned human settlements also aggravate the degradation of the natural environment. These countries also have limited financial resources and inadequate technology.

Dr Tapan Sarker and Dr Rob Hales are exploring the technological solutions for climate change adaptation in the coastal areas of Bangladesh in four highly vulnerable sectors including water resources, coastal protection, livelihood and health.

Developing Indonesian business leaders’ capabilities through sustainability management

The impact of sustainability in business practice is inconsistent due to socio-cultural differences and the complexity of organisational and institutional changes. A poor understanding of what constitutes sustainability practices leads to low levels of implementation. Associate Professor Ki-Hoon Lee and Dr Abas Supeli are exploring the complexities of sustainability integration within Indonesian business organisations to improve integration of sustainability practices and increase the capability of Indonesian business managers.

CSR terms and applications in small to medium enterprises

Dr Heather Stewart and Dr Rod Gapp are currently looking into the applications of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in small to medium enterprises (SME). As part of their research, they have investigated the collaborative relationships of 10 organisations to understand the organisational development process associated with SMEs wishing to imbed CSR due to continual learning. The benefits of these relationships are reflected in improved returns, increased efficiencies and enhanced stakeholder relationships.

Government social responsibility in Indonesia

In 2007, the Indonesian government revised its Company Act, explicitly requiring all companies to conduct Social Responsibility (SR) activities. Indonesia is, nevertheless, still regarded as having a poor record in terms of environmental performance and community relations.

PhD candidate, Rifeald Romauli Sinaga, (supervised by Professor Bradley Bowden and Associate Professor Peter Woods) is exploring Indonesian circumstance to trace the genesis of SR in Indonesia as well as unique outcomes that characterized the Dutch colonial era (1500s-1945).

Na Irevurevu. Exploits, resilience and tourism development in Vatuolalai Village, Fiji

Once development begins in an area, its social and ecological systems (SES) endure varying patterns and extent of change. In this regard, Indigenous Fijian communities are exposed to many opportunities and challenges that require understanding and proper management.

PhD candidate, Api Monovo (supervised by Professor Heidi Dahles and Professor Susan Becken is working to improve understanding of indigenous Fijian SES, their links to livelihoods activities and the adaptivity of communities.

Maintaining sustainable tourism development at Labuan Bajo, Indonesia

Growing concerns about the impact on economy, social aspects and environment has led to the need for sustainable tourism development. Labuan Bajo, Indonesia is not only experiencing rapid tourism development but is also suffering problems caused by this ongoing development.

PhD candidate, Aldi Lasso (supervised by Professor Heidi Dahles, Associate Professor Peter Woods and Dr Titi Susilowati Prabawa) is investigating the tourism impacts and challenges that local people face due to the ongoing tourism development.

How institutional logics shape corporate sustainability practice in Brazil

PhD candidate, Alvaro Pureza (supervised by Associate Professor Ki-Hoon Lee and Dr Gustavo Guzman) is drawing on institutional logics theory to explain the diversity of corporate sustainability practices in public traded firms in Brazil. Examining the different aspects of institutional logics: structural, normative and symbolic, the goal is to understand the logics behind how and why companies adopt CS practices and uncover the value businesses are creating or the risk exposure companies are taking.

Competing logics in corporate sustainability

Global logistics companies are under scrutiny from various stakeholders and respond by disclosing carbon-related information through voluntary carbon reports.

PhD candidate, David Herold (supervised by Associate Professor Ki-Hoon Lee and Dr Yong Wu) is exploring various concepts of institutional fields, organisations and stakeholders that impact the disclosure in the global logistics industry and combine critical concepts to categorise the institutional and stakeholder pressures on carbon disclosure.

Climate change resilience of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Indonesia

As a significant emitter of greenhouse gases, climate change in Indonesia is a threat to the resilience of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). The majority of MSMEs in Indonesia (9.2 million) are located in West Java and are the largest employers of the work force.

PhD Candidate, Eka Sundana (supervised by Dr Byung Min, Dr Tapan Sarker and Professor Heidi Dahles), is exploring how MSMEs in Indonesia are adapting to a changing climate and improving their resilience.

Environmental management accounting in corporate strategies

Reflecting the importance of corporate green practices, a growing number of studies provide taxonomical explanations of corporate environmental management but they largely ignore the role of environmental management accounting (EMA).

PhD candidate, Nuwan Gunarathne (supervised by Associate Professor Ki-Hoon Lee and Dr Lanita Winata) investigates how and to what extent the institutionally influenced EMA systems affect the development stages of corporate environmental management strategies.

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