2nd edition coming in Fall 2024Sustainability Management –
Concepts, Instruments, and Stakeholders from a Global Perspective

About the book


978-3-9823211-0-3 (paperback) / 978-3-9823211-1-0 (ebook)


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Features of this textbook

  • Faces of sustainability: These features introduce thought leaders in sustainability from all areas of society.
  • Sustainability in business: These features provide examples of sustainability and unsustainability in business practice from all over the world.
  • Sustainability in society: These features illustrate practical challenges, ideas, and concepts of sustainability from a societal point of view.
  • Sustainability in research: These features give a recap on seminal research articles on different aspects of sustainability management.


Driven by mega trends, such as climate change, migration, globalization, or population development, sustainable development and sustainability management have now become vital areas of concern for almost all firms. This textbook provides comprehensive knowledge on sustainability management to reduce costs and risks, increase reputation and legitimacy, generate competitive advantages, and advance the sustainable development of companies and society.

The book covers not only the concepts of sustainable development and sustainability management but also the relevant instruments and tools used in all essential management domains such as marketing, accounting, supply chain management, strategy, or innovation management. Furthermore, this sustainability management textbook employs an extensive stakeholder perspective to illuminate the influence of various actors, such as employees, customers, investors, or governmental/non-governmental organizations.


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For students

Your one-stop access to studying sustainability management! Many real-life example and extensive online material improve your learning experience.

For instructors

Extensive online material helps you to enrich your teaching experience and simplify your live. Build your custom-made course on sustainability management!

For practitioners

Seeking an update on sustainability management? Numerous best-practice examples and concepts illustrate the status quo of modern sustainability management.


Comprehensive, timely, badly needed: see what other experts say about the book.

This is the sustainability management textbook we have been waiting for. Cutting edge, innovative, and comprehensive, Rüdiger Hahn sets the standard for the next generation of texts that address the most important challenges facing business today.

Andrew Crane (Professor of Business and Society, University of Bath)

This book is a wonderful, timely, and badly needed resource for instructors. Hahn approaches the challenge of sustainability pluralistically, viewing it from many stakeholder perspectives but also from the perspectives of functional areas in organizations. The text is both very current and built on a flexible framework. In the dynamic, unfolding field of sustainability management, this is an essential quality.

Michael V. Russo (Charles H. Lundquist Professor of Sustainable Management, University of Oregon)

This is a wonderful textbook that unpacks and explains the complex topic of ‘sustainability,’ and very nicely explains the relationship between sustainable development at a macro level and sustainability management at a company level. It is erudite in terms of the academic research that has been done while explaining its’ relevance in a clear way to any reader. I learned many things I didn’t know about how far back the idea of sustainability goes, if not by that name. Examples, profiles, and videos are effectively used to illustrate the key ideas. This is more than a textbook. It’s a handbook for anyone who is interested in sustainability from the most to the least sophisticated.

Robert G. Eccles (Founding Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board & Professor at the University of Oxford)

Finally, a book fully focused on sustainability management! This book gives an excellent overview of the strategic and operational dimensions of making sustainability a reality in contemporary business.

Jonatan Pinkse (Professor Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The University of Manchester)

Finally! One of the leading scholars on sustainable business takes the classroom into the 21st century. This book provides cutting-edge state-of-the-art knowledge in a contemporary, accessible and authoritative way. It is a must-read for students, executives, and thought leaders interested in the management of sustainability.

Dirk Matten (Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility, Schulich School of Business)

An outstanding textbook on sustainability management is finally here! Rüdiger Hahn’s new book succeeds in capturing the multifaceted challenges of sustainable development combined with strategic solutions as well as specific instruments of sustainability management. The book is clearly written and easy to follow for beginners, but at the same time offers comprehensive knowledge for more advanced learners. The book is highly timely and succeeds in achieving an excellent balance between the big picture of sustainability management and the necessary level of detail. Great help for teachers and students alike!

Minna Halme (Professor of Sustainability Management, Aalto University School of Business)

Sustainability management can only be comprehensive when it allows for tensions, and thoroughly considers the perspective of the Global South. This textbook by Rüdiger Hahn presents the reader with tools to enable them to deal with tensions, and will be helpful to both decision-makers and communities in raising awareness of the importance of diverse perspectives.

Edeltraud Günther (Director, United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources)

About the author


Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Hahn

Rüdiger Hahn holds the Henkel-Endowed Chair of Sustainability Management at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), Germany. Previously, he was a professor at the universities of Hohenheim and Kassel (both Germany).

In his more than 15 years of teaching sustainability management and corporate social responsibility he has won several awards for teaching excellence and his courses are highly praised by his students. Prof. Hahn is a highly recognized scholar in the field. He regularly publishes in high-ranking and internationally recognized journals.

Free copies for least developed country instructors and students

Instructor from institutions in a country from the UN list of least developed countries can receive an individualized digital copy for free distribution to LDC country students.