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Sustainable luxury: current status and perspectives for future research

Jennifer Kunz (), Stephanie May () and Holger J. Schmidt ()
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Jennifer Kunz: Universität Augsburg
Stephanie May: Hochschule Koblenz, University of Applied Sciences
Holger J. Schmidt: Hochschule Koblenz, University of Applied Sciences

Business Research, 2020, vol. 13, issue 2, No 7, 601 pages

Abstract: Abstract Over the past decades, the luxury sector has been constantly growing; consequently, luxury products have attracted the interest of many scholars. Nevertheless, only recently research has been started to investigate possible relations between luxury and activities in terms of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. This development was overdue: as luxury products often act as industry models, a shift towards sustainable luxury can pave the way for more sustainable mass products on a broad scope as well. Thus, a profound understanding of the mechanisms behind the successful combination of luxury and sustainability can provide insights for both enhancing individual firm success and achieving a shift towards more sustainable products, which is desirable from a societal perspective. To foster this research stream, the present paper provides a systematic literature review on luxury and sustainability in a broader sense, which, based on an inductive approach, identifies the various areas covered by existing research. This allows critical reflection of what is still missing in the ongoing discussions and shows where priorities within research have been set. We identify several major blind spots within extant research and discuss possible further research paths to close them.

Keywords: Luxury; Sustainability; CSR; Sustainable luxury; Systematic literature review (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s40685-020-00111-3

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