Abstract

Determining the economic, social and environmental effects of business is a laudable goal. It is often difficult in practice, however, especially if a firm is not in a resource sector, where material and energy flows dominate impacts, but is in a service sector, where technology, culture, and social and environmental impacts are more important. Some of the potential issues involved in such cases can be illustrated by considering the information and communications technology industry, from production of artifacts to services and deeper cultural implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)618-631
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Technology and Management
Volume7
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2007

Keywords

  • Industrial ecology of services
  • Information infrastructure
  • Information society
  • Technological evolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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