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Obinna Alo & Ahmad Arslan (2023) Meta-organizations and environmental sustainability: an overview in African context, International Studies of Management & Organization, 53:2, 63-76, DOI: 10.1080/00208825.2023.2184119

Meta-organizations and environmental sustainability : an overview in African context

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Author: Alo, Obinna1; Arslan, Ahmad2
Organizations: 1Department of Leadership and Management, Edge Hill University Business School, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK
2Department of Marketing, Management & International Business, Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-04-20


This paper offers a conceptual overview of meta-organizations’ role for environmental sustainability in the under-researched African context. The current paper is one of the few studies to offer a specific differentiation regarding the role and activities of meta-organizations for environmental sustainability in developed vs. emerging economies’ settings. The paper further offers an in-depth assessment of meta-organizations’ role for environmental sustainability in Africa, along with discussing major hurdles in this concern. Our analysis reveals several problems with business only meta-organizations in Africa, which significantly limit their role in ensuring environmental sustainability in this region. These problems include competing interests resulting in failure to accommodate multiple stakeholders, lack of responsible investing and environmental stewardship, along with institutional voids. Finally, the paper presents some potential solutions to overcome these problems.

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Series: International studies of management & organization
ISSN: 0020-8825
ISSN-E: 1558-0911
ISSN-L: 0020-8825
Volume: 53
Issue: 2
Pages: 63 - 76
DOI: 10.1080/00208825.2023.2184119
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Copyright information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.