What is in a business case? Business cases as a tool-in-use for promoting water management practices in the food sector

Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen, Francesco Rosati, Linne Marie Lauesen, Andrea Farsang

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the role of business cases as a tool for supporting decision-making processes regarding water management. Based on an analysis of survey and interview data from 300þ organisations within the European food sector, it is concluded that the relative emphasis on business cases and payback times influences the average level of water management engagement. However, the findings from the analysis also indicate that use of business cases are not set in stone but can be adapted and changed through ongoing dialogue and negotiations. The paper contributes to the existing academic literature by moving beyond generic discussions of the business case for corporate sustainability to exploring the concrete use of business cases as a decision-making tool for managers.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
    Volume162
    Pages (from-to)1048-1060
    Number of pages13
    ISSN0959-6526
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Keywords

    • Business case
    • Corporate sustainability
    • Water Management
    • Tools-in-use
    • Practice

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