From corporate governance to sustainability outcomes: the key role of operations management

Cristina Sancha, Leopoldo Gutierrez-Gutierrez, Ignacio Tamayo-Torres, Cristina Gimenez Thomsen

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Purpose: This article studies the role played by sustainability operations management (OM) practices in the relationship between governance and environmental and social performance adopting the lenses of the upper echelons theory and the resource-based view. In particular, the authors study three main relationships: (1) the impact of governance on the implementation of sustainability OM practices, (2) the impact of sustainability OM practices on sustainability performance and (3) the mediating role of sustainability OM practices in the relationship between governance and sustainability performance. Design/methodology/approach: To test this study’s research model, the authors retrieved secondary data of 430 firms from the United Stated (US) and Europe and analyzed it using partial least squares (PLS)-based structural equation modeling (SEM). Findings: This study’s results suggest that sustainability OM practices are needed to achieve higher social and environmental performance outcomes from governance, highlighting the key role of the OM department in the achievement of a sustainability strategy. Originality/value: This paper adopts the environmental, social, governance (ESG) neglected focus and aims to provide a better understanding of and reveal the interrelationship between governance and sustainability OM practices (i.e. environmental and social).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-49
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Operations and Production Management
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Environmental
  • Governance
  • Resource-based view
  • Social
  • Sustainability practices
  • Upper echelons theory


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