Corporate sustainability: challenge to managerial orthodoxies

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Dunphy, Dexter (2003) Corporate sustainability: challenge to managerial orthodoxies. Journal of Management and Organization, 9 (1). pp. 2-11. ISSN 1833-3672


This paper addresses the issue of corporate sustainability. It examines why achieving sustainability is becoming an increasingly vital issue for society and organisations, defines sustainability and then outlines a set of phases through which organisations can move to achieve increasing levels of sustainability. Case studies are presented of organisations at various phases indicating the benefits, for the organisation and its stakeholders, which can be made at each phase. Finally the paper argues that there is a marked contrast between the two competing philosophies of neo-conservatism (economic rationalism) and the emerging philosophy of sustainability. Management schools have been strongly influenced by economic rationalism, which underpins the traditional orthodoxies presented in such schools. Sustainability represents an urgent challenge for management schools to rethink these traditional orthodoxies and give sustainability a central place in the curriculum.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 340000 Economics
Historical > RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Keywords corporate sustainability, organisation, case study, management
Citations in Scopus 23 - View on Scopus
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