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Inertia and change related to sustainability: an institutional approach
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, Vol. 99, 354-365 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite increased awareness of environmental crisis and social inequity the world is becoming more, not less, unsustainable. Obviously there is great inertia, a disinclination to enact change, in for instance environmentally detrimental practices. While there is much in the literature to explain inertia at the individual, organizational and societal level, there is a gap concerning approaches that focus upon the industrial level. This paper addresses this gap by developing an analytical approach based upon insti- tutional theory brought together with the ontological principles of strong sustainability. Two interrelated case studies, concerning greenhouse gas reduction in the Swedish agrifield, are used to develop the approach. The empirical results show that greenhouse gas reduction is used in support for convergent changes within the industry, for instance to motivate increased efficiency and yields. Hence, the paper contributes to the sustainable development-literature by providing an analytical approach that can be utilized to increase the understanding of change processes at the industrial level. This approach is then discussed and further developed to accommodate for the case results.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 99, 354-365 p.
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Sustainable development, Agri-food, Institutional theory, Inertia, Institutional entrepreneurship, Institutional logics
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101141DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.02.035ISI: 000356195000031OAI: diva2:797091
Available from: 2015-03-23 Created: 2015-03-23 Last updated: 2015-07-09Bibliographically approved

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