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WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 379–404 | Cite as

Establishing an institutional conceptual framework for effective delivery of the United Nations SDGs: an application of grounded theory to assist IMO stakeholders

  • Lawrence SciberrasEmail author
  • Joaquim Ramos Silva
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Abstract

This paper builds upon the empirical findings of the research work that was conducted to identify the issues and challenges which the stakeholders at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are facing when implementing the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the international maritime transport domain ( https://doi.org/10.1007/s13437-018-0147-2). The first paper, which outlined the findings, introduced grounded theory as the research methodology that was used, explained the research and analytical process undertaken, presented the key findings, and put forward six propositions based on empirical data gathered from 47 interviews. The present paper examines the IMO stakeholders’ stance toward a more strategic SDG-related action and a governance approach within IMO. It provides an assessment of the extent to which the representatives attending IMO meetings believe in the importance of strategizing towards attaining sustainable development and the SDGs. The paper outlines the key constructs, which emerged as a result of the gaps that were identified, and proposes an institutional conceptual framework that can be adopted by IMO as a structure to mitigate the severity of the issues identified by this research, thereby facilitating the effective implementation of the SDGs by IMO and its stakeholders. The institutional conceptual framework, as one of the major outcomes of this study, brings together the most critical elements that were found to be important and need to be implemented so that issues that this study has identified can be addressed, and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs within the international maritime transport domain can be accelerated and mainstreamed.

Keywords

Institutional conceptual framework Strategy and governance Grounded theory Maritime transport domain Sustainable development goals 

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The content of this paper does not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Maritime Safety Agency. Responsibility for the information and views expressed in this study lies entirely with the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CSG (Research in Social Sciences and Management), Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG)Universidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.SOCIUS (Research Centre in Economic and Organizational Sociology), Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG)Universidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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