Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 105, Issue 4, pp 519–533

Corporate Sustainable Development: Testing a New Scale Based on the Mainland Chinese Context


DOI: 10.1007/s10551-011-0983-x

Cite this article as:
Chow, W.S. & Chen, Y. J Bus Ethics (2012) 105: 519. doi:10.1007/s10551-011-0983-x


According to the predominant corporate sustainable development (CSD) framework, this exploratory paper verifies that CSD construct can be modeled by integrating the dimensions of social, economic, and environmental development. We first developed and validated measurement scales for these three dimensions based on a survey of 314 managers in mainland China. Then, using structural equation modelling, we confirmed that the proposed model is valid. Therefore, our findings may allow researchers to explore CSD further, and practitioners to develop their understanding of CSD initiatives in organizations.


Corporate sustainable developmentScale developmentInstrument refinementSecond-order analysisTheory development

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Finance and Decision Sciences, School of BusinessHong Kong Baptist UniversityKowloon TongHong Kong