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Industrial ecology as an ecological model for business: diversity and firm survival

Nieuwenhuis, Paul Andre Henri Francois and Lammgard, Catrin 2013. Industrial ecology as an ecological model for business: diversity and firm survival. Progress in Industrial Ecology 8 (3) , pp. 189-204. 10.1504/PIE.2013.060672

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Krebs (2008) suggests that an ecological worldview should displace the economic worldview. This means business could increasingly be analysed from an ecological perspective. Some moves in this direction have been made, but one area so far left unexplored is the question of whether the ecosystem metaphor allows a comparison between the way ecosystems change over time and the way human economic entities change and adapt over time. This paper considers this issue at the level of the firm. It is found that firms survive either because they are 'resistant' to change due to the inherently sustainable nature of their activities, or because they have shown 'resilience' in that they have been able to adapt over time to changing environmental conditions by sometimes radical shifts in product offerings, activities and business models, by drawing on apparently less successful products or activities already present in some form within its portfolio; thereby carrying apparent redundancy in their operation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Uncontrolled Keywords: biomimicry; diversity; business longevity; industrial ecology; paper and pulp industry; automotive industry
Publisher: Inderscience
ISSN: 1476-8917
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Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 03:41

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