Posted: 11/03/22

TAMIU Faculty, Ph.D. Students Publish Research on Social Sustainability



Recently, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) students and faculty from the A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business published “Examining Social Sustainability” in the 2022 academic journal, Sustainability.

The publication was written by Dr. Leonel Prieto, associate professor of Management, and TAMIU International Business Administration Ph.D. students Muhammad Ruhul Amin and Arman Canatay.  

The journal article is available online at https://doi.org/10.3390/su141912111

“Our approach examines social sustainability as an antecedent of environmental and economically related constructs and as a component of a multiplicity of relationships among social, environmental, and economically associated constructs,” said Dr. Prieto.  

He explained, “Since social sustainability in organizations has been externally focused (e.g., looking at corporate social responsibility) and has received less attention than the biophysical and economic dimensions, there is the need to further consider the human side of the enterprise and to examine the social organization.” 

Prieto emphasized the need to understand how attitudes toward the natural environment, environmental commitment, and pro-environmental behaviors are generated and how they impact organizational constructs. 

Their research suggests a need to undertake sustainability research that gives primacy to the social dimension because furthering substantive democracy and justice is necessary for effectively progressing towards sustainable socio-ecological systems and societies…. Given social sustainability socio-ecological importance, and potential, it requires further, and serious, attention. For instance, future research may focus on social constructs that explicitly reflect employees’ and other stakeholders’ interests and that examines the interplays between organizational dynamics and external relevant environments,” said Prieto. 

Prieto holds a Ph.D. in Management from both New Mexico State University and the University of Reading. Previously, he was research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria. He is currently participating in Phase III of the Global Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (GLOBE) research program which involves data and researchers from 145 countries.

He is the recipient of the M. Scott Myers Award for best applied-research project by the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology for participation on the GLOBE project. His work has been published in Journal of International Business Studies,  Journal of World Business, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Change Management,  Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, International Journal of Innovation and Learning, Journal of Managerial Issues, and Administrative Sciences, among others.

Ruhul Amin earned both a Master of Science in Business Analytics and Master of Science in Management at Texas A&M University - Commerce, as well as a Master of Business Administration at the University of Dhaka. He has published journal articles in the Stamford Journal of Business Studies and the International Journal of Economics, Finance and Management Sciences, among others.

Canatay earned a Master of Business Administration at Webber International University and has published work in the Data Analysis Perspectives Journal and the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

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University Ph.D. students and faculty were recently published in the 2022 edition of the academic journal, Sustainability. Pictured, from left to right, is Arman Canatay, Dr. Leonel Prieto, and Muhammad Ruhul Amin.