As a putting into action of the before mentioned sustainability strategies is a relatively new subject area for most consulting companies, we have started a research project in cooperation with the US „Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS)“ which investigates various subject-related areas and tries to provide specific action plans for consulting companies and their clients. For this project we were able to rely on an existing relationship to the Darden Graduate Business School of the University of Virginia, the institution to head the research alliance:
As environmental issues have grown in complexity and scope, there is growing interest from both the public and private sectors in corporate sustainability - the creation of viable business enterprises operated in a manner that protects the natural environment, and future economic and societal development. To accelerate the advancement of knowledge on corporate sustainability, a diverse coalition of schools and institutions at leading universities has formed the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS). Founding ARCS members include The University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business, Dartmouth University's Tuck School of Business, Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, Harvard University's Center for the Environment, the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. A longer version of this release is available at http://corporate-sustainability.org/
Questions for the field study project with DRP. INFORMATION MANAGEMENT to bring out include:
1. How are consulting firms creating advantage for themselves by developing climate change and sustainability practices?
2. How do they become seen as thought leaders rather than “me too” organizations?
3. How do they develop a new skill set (one that is not yet taught in business schools) among their consultants in order to be truly innovative and useful to clients?