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Ecological modernization as a paradigm of corporate sustainability

  • György Pataki
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    Ecological modernization as a social theory is gaining more and more attention in environmental social science in general and environmental management studies in particular. Ecological modernization carries a positive message of the current institutional order being able to accommodate the challenge of ecological sustainability. This paper, by applying a critical organization studies perspective, highlights some of the theoretical shortcomings of the theory of ecological modernization assessed at the micro level of business firms. A case study of a Hungarian chemical firm is presented in order to point to the practical limits of ecological modernization as an uncontested, conflict-free way towards sustainability. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Sustainable Development.

    Volume (Year): 17 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 82-91

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:sustdv:v:17:y:2009:i:2:p:82-91
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    1. Arthur P. J. Mol, 2002. "Ecological Modernization and the Global Economy," Global Environmental Politics, MIT Press, vol. 2(2), pages 92-115, 05.
    2. Renato J. Orsato & Stewart R. Clegg, 2005. "Radical reformism: towards critical ecological modernization," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 13(4), pages 253-267.
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