Publications

The Section presents work done and published by components of the Tracy project on the topic of B Corporations and carbon neutrality.  

Through the sharing of our works, we aim to spread new knowledge and involve companies and citizens in the demand to accelerate the exit from fossil fuels at the national, European, and global level before 2050. 

Mapping the emergence of a new organisational form:
An exploration of the intellectual structure of the
B Corp research

Abstract


This paper explores the emergence of B Corp as a new research field through a
bibliometric analysis of the B Corp literature, based on a database of 142 documents
collected by Scopus and published between 2009 and 2020. This emergent field is an
important component of the structural change occurring in our society, which, in
recent years, has seen the emergence of new for-profit organisational forms with a
strong social consciousness. The bibliometric analysis reveals the foundational works
and the historical evolution of the research field, pinpointing the connections
between similar concepts in the literature on sustainable enterprises, such as B Corp,
hybrid organisation, benefit corporation, and corporate social responsibility. Through
a social network analysis, we sustain a relational view of B Corp research, and propose
a taxonomy of concepts and terminology, which shows that the concept of B
Corp defines an emergent organisational form.