The sustainability spectrum and the sciences of sustainability

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Abstract

Understanding sustainability requires integrating multiple perspectives and investigative methods to explain multidimensional concepts. However, the traditional approach to research and education is organized along disciplinary lines that tend to exclude awareness of contributions in one field that may inform problems in another. This presents a serious obstacle to advancing an understanding of sustainability, which is focused on the interactions between industrial and ecological systems, rather than examining each system independently. This paper offers a broad description of different perspectives with regard to sustainability including security, reliability, resilience and renewal, and briefly describes the emerging sciences essential to understanding sustainability: ecological economics, industrial ecology, ecosystem health, and sustainable decision making, policy and design. In the latter, the challenges have yet to find an academic locus. Nonetheless, it is in this area that knowledge of sustainability science must be applied and it is consequently most proximate to business leaders, policy makers and designers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)444-453
Number of pages10
JournalBusiness Strategy and the Environment
Volume17
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Analytic deliberative decision making
  • Multi-criterion decision analysis (MCDA)
  • Panarchy

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  • Strategy and Management
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  • Business and International Management

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The sustainability spectrum and the sciences of sustainability. / Seager, Thomas.

In: Business Strategy and the Environment, Vol. 17, No. 7, 11.2008, p. 444-453.

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