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Type: Conference paper
Title: From scarcity to abundance - organisational sustainability and the role of the civic entrepreneur
Author: Wells, R.
Citation: Proceedings of the 2005 Enterprise and Innovation Research Conference 'Creating an Entrepreneurial Nation: The Role of Enterprise and Innovation', 2005 / Clark, D. (ed./s), pp.CD ROM 1-CD ROM 17
Part of: Proceedings of the 2005 Enterprise and Innovation Research Conference 'Creating an Entrepreneurial Nation: The Role of Enterprise and Innovation'
Publisher: Waikato Management School
Publisher Place: CD ROM
Issue Date: 2005
ISBN: 0476014026
ISSN: 1832-2077
Conference Name: Enterprise and Innovation Research Conference 'Creating and Entrepreneurial Nation: The Role of Enterprise and Innovation' (2005 : Hamilton, New Zealand)
Editor: Clark, D.
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Sam Wells
Abstract: This paper examines the implications of the enormous scope of ‘sustainability’ literature, which reflects the fragmentation of sustainability knowledge – the product of a reductionist tradition. After touching on the language of sustainability and the essentially reactive paradigm it reflects, the paper sketches some of the conceptual challenges that need to be addressed if the pursuit of sustainability is to take the important step from fragmentation and ‘scarcity’, to integration and ‘abundance’. Perhaps the most productive response to the sustainability challenge is not to react to each individual problem, at the level of the problem. Perhaps we need now to step back and conceive a higher level of synthesis - an appreciation of the interconnectedness of components in the ‘complex system’ of human ecology. In particular, this paper explores the important role of commercial enterprise, which is naturally integrative, in grappling with some of these critical issues, even beyond the boundaries of organisation. It proposes a special role for the ‘civic entrepreneur’ in helping larger organisations to take the next big step towards practical sustainability by piloting new models of proactive integration and abundance.
Keywords: Organisational Sustainability
Description: © Common Ground, Sam Wells, Stephanie Betz, All Rights Reserved
Rights: Copyright status unknown
DOI: 10.999/1234
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