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Re-engaging with Sustainability in the Anthropocene Era
An Institutional Approach


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Part of Elements in Organization Theory

  • Date Published: August 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108727693

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  • Re-engaging with Sustainability in the Anthropocene Era applies organization theory to a grand challenge: our entry into the Anthropocene era, a period marked not only by human impact on climate change, but on chemical waste, habitat destruction, and despeciation. It focuses on institutional theory, modified by political readings of organizations, as one approach that can help us navigate a new course. Besides offering mechanisms, such as institutional entrepreneurship, social movements, and policy shifts, the institutional-political variant developed here helps analysts understand the framing of scientific facts, the counter-mobilization of skeptics, and the creation of archetypes as new social orders.


    • Winner, 2019 Best Book Award, Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108727693
    • length: 75 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 7 mm
    • weight: 1.7kg
    • contains: 2 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction – a grand challenge and one organization theory response
    2. A modified reading of institutional elements in Anthropocene society
    3. A modified reading of institutional change mechanisms in Anthropocene society
    4. Resistance from counter-cultures that deny Anthropocene issues
    5. Three archetypes of Anthropocene society – collapsed systems, market rules and technology fix
    6. The fourth archetype of Anthropocene society: cultural re-enlightenment as flourishing
    7. Conclusion.

  • Authors

    Andrew J. Hoffman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    P. Devereaux Jennings, University of Alberta


    • Winner, 2019 Best Book Award, Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management

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