IE Professor Liliana Gelabert has been selected as a winner of the 2021 Award for Responsible Research in Management, co-sponsored by Fellows of the Academy of Management, and the Community for Responsible Research in Business and Management with the paper “Localizing sustainable development goals: Nonprofit density and city sustainability” in collaboration with Pascual Berrone and Horacio Rousseau.
2021 “Responsible Research in Management” Award
The Fellows Group of the Academy of Management recognizes and honors members who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management. In 2021, the Fellows joined forces with the Community for Responsible Research in Business and Management to sponsor the Responsible Research in Management Award. This annual award recognizes and celebrates recent research that benefits society by producing credible and useful knowledge. Credibility refers to the reliability, validity and trustworthiness of research findings that arise from either inductive or deductive logic, using quantitative and/or qualitative data. Usefulness refers to the potential of research findings to make the world a better place by informing policy and influencing practice.
The paper Localizing Sustainable Development Goals: Nonprofit Density and City Sustainability, by Horacio E. Rousseau, Pascual Berrone and Liliana Gelabert.
One of the 17 sustainable development goals established by the United Nations refers to the creation of sustainable cities and communities. Using a 12-year longitudinal dataset on 100 U.S. communities, we explore how the density of local environmental nonprofit organizations (LENOs) contributes to this goal. We analyze the relationship between nonprofit density and city sustainability as well as the moderating effect of the socioeconomic characteristics of the cities in which LENOs operate. We find that a higher density of LENOs is associated with a reduction in a city’s toxic contamination and an increase in the number of buildings with an environmental certification. Interestingly, we find that this relationship is stronger in cities that have greater education levels, are more innovative, host large corporations’ headquarters, and have a higher per capita income. However, the link between LENO density and city sustainability is lower in communities with higher income inequality. We discuss the plausible mechanisms governing these relationships and suggest future directions for organizational research.