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Organizing means–ends decoupling: core–compartment separations in fast fashion
Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law, Gothenburg University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0186-0358
Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7491-8816
2021 (English)In: Business & society, ISSN 0007-6503, E-ISSN 1552-4205, Vol. 61, no 4, p. 857-885Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Means–ends decoupling, the institutionally induced implementation of ineffective practices, has become increasingly common. Extant theory suggests that means–ends decoupling has real consequences, which makes it unstable and difficult for organizations to sustain. Yet little is known of how, and with what outcomes, firms organize such means–ends decoupling. We examine organizing via multiple qualitative and longitudinal case studies of how Swedish fast fashion retailers implement and manage the collection of used garments. We find that firms combine two organizational arrangements: structural and temporal core–compartment separations, which mitigate consequences of means–ends decoupling by obscuring and justifying efficiency gaps. Thereby we provide a theoretical explanation for how means–ends decoupling can persist over time.

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London: Sage Publications, 2021. Vol. 61, no 4, p. 857-885
Keywords [en]
circular economy, corporate sustainability, decoupling, fashion, institutional theory
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Business Administration
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sustainability
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-212955DOI: 10.1177/00076503211001856ISI: 000643460100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85104507141OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-212955DiVA, id: diva2:1788956
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Vinnova, 2016-03496_6Swedish Research Council Formas, 2019-00520The Kamprad Family Foundation, 20160063Swedish Energy Agency, 44087-1Available from: 2023-08-17 Created: 2023-08-17 Last updated: 2023-08-17Bibliographically approved

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