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Pei Wen Chew

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School of Management
Massey Business School

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Thesis Title
Corporate sustainability: The role of leadership

Research Description
Sustainability has been gaining more public attention lately due to global challenges such as climate change, human rights, unfair labour practices, gender inequality and the current Covid-19 pandemic, which have significantly impacted businesses all around the world. While it has been a challenging time for businesses, this may also become a catalyst for leaders to reconsider and restructure their business strategy — how can they lead the business to become more sustainable? To achieve corporate sustainability effectively, leadership plays a critical role in business. Nevertheless, sustainability challenges are complex and often classified as “wicked problems” due to lack of simple and definitive solutions. Hence, leadership for sustainability appears to be more complex compared to other leadership styles as working towards transformations that endeavours to address the roots of complex matters is never a simple task. My study aims to understand the role of leadership in business to achieve corporate sustainability, specifically, in the New Zealand context. Also, I am interested in researching what constitutes sustainable leadership and the impact of sustainable leadership.

Research Importance
This research will contribute to addressing existing sustainability issues and offer practical implications to business leaders in implementing effective sustainability strategies in operations. Further, it will provide an insight for academics and guidance for future sustainable leadership research.

Personal Description
I am a PhD candidate from Malaysia. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Help University, Malaysia and did my master’s degree in business studies (majoring in management) at Massey University. During my master’s study, I was first introduced to the concept of sustainability which has developed my interest in sustainability and motivated me to explore deeper into the field. Continuous support that I have received from my supervisors and the department alongside an abundance of resources offered by Massey has encouraged me to continue pursuing my PhD at Massey University.

Supervisors
Professor Gabriel Eweje
Dr Aymen Sajjad