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Management and the Sustainability Paradox (Electronic book text)
Management and the Sustainability Paradox (Electronic book text): David Wasieleski, Paul Shrivastava
Management and the Sustainability Paradox (Electronic book text): David Wasieleski, Paul Shrivastava

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Management and the Sustainability Paradox (Electronic book text)

David Wasieleski, Paul Shrivastava

Series: Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society

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Management and the Sustainability Paradox is about how humans became disconnected from their ecological environment throughout evolutionary history. Begining with the premise that people have competing innate, natural drives linked to survival. Survival can be thought of in the context of long-term genetic propagation of a species, but at the same time, it involves overcoming of immediate adversities. Due to a diverse set of survival challenges facing our ancestors, natural selection often favored short-term solutions, which by consequence, muted the motivations associated with longer-range sustainability values. Managerial decisions and choices mostly adopt a moral calculus of costs versus benefits. Managers invoke economic and corporate growth to justify virtually any action. It is this moral calculus underlying corporate behavior that needs critical examination and reformation. At the heart of it lie deep moral questions that we examine in this book, with the goal of proposing ethical solutions to the paradox. Management and the Sustainability Paradox examines the issue that there appears to be an inherent paradox between what some businesses view as "a need for progress" and " a concern for sustainability". In business, we often see a collision between ideas of progress and sustainability which shapes corporate actions, and managerial decisions. Typical corporate views of progress involve the creation of wealth, jobs, innovative products, and social philanthropic projects. On the basis of these "progressive" actions they justify their inequitable distribution of surpluses by paying low wages and exploiting ecological resources. It is not difficult to see the antagonistic interplay between technological and social innovation with our values for social and environmental well-being and a dualism that needs to be overcome. This book is intended for a broad appeal to an academic and policy maker audience in the sustainability and management fields. The book will be of vital reading for managers seeking to reconnect our human chain with the natural environment in the cause of sustainable business.


Imprint: Routledge
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society
Release date: 15 January 2018
First published: 2018
Authors: David Wasieleski • Paul Shrivastava
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 216
ISBN-13: 978-1-315-46874-7
Barcode: 9781315468747
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-315-46874-3

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