Sustainable fashion: current and future research directions

Amira Mukendi, Iain Davies, Sarah Glozer, Pierre McDonagh

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Abstract

Purpose: The sustainable fashion (SF) literature is fragmented across the management discipline, leaving the path to a SF future unclear. As of yet, there has not been an attempt to bring these insights together or to more generally explore the question of “what is known about SF in the management literature and where could the SF field go from there?”. The purpose of this paper is to bring together the field to identify opportunities for societal impact and further research. Design/methodology/approach: A systematic literature review was conducted from the first appearances of SF in the management literature in 2000 up to papers published in June 2019, which resulted in 465 included papers. Findings: The results illustrate that SF research is largely defined by two approaches, namely, pragmatic change and radical change. The findings reveal seven research streams that span across the discipline to explore how organisational and consumer habits can be shaped for the future. Research limitations/implications: What is known about SF is constantly evolving, therefore, the paper aims to provide a representative sample of the state of SF in management literature to date. Practical implications: This review provides decision makers with insights that have been synthesised from across the management field. Originality/value: This review identifies knowledge gaps and informs managerial decision making in the field, particularly through serving as a foundation for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2873-2909
Number of pages37
JournalEuropean Journal of Marketing
Volume54
Issue number11
Early online date27 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • sustainable fashion
  • ethical fashion
  • marketing ethics
  • sustainable business models

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