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Different stages of business sustainability: a visual metaphor

Different stages of business sustainability: a visual metaphor Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to explain the different stages of business sustainability through a visual metaphor. This metaphor compares the interaction between the different variables of sustainability to the interaction between the colour wheels in the Interconnected Spinning colour wheel. As a result of this comparison, we propose the different stages of business sustainability. Design/methodology/approach– Domains-interaction model approach is used to develop the metaphor. Findings– The four stages of the business sustainability system resulting from this metaphor are: designable, feasible, endurable and responsible. Research limitations– We recognize that a visual metaphor provides only a limited insight, which is a general drawback of a metaphor. Practical implications– This visual metaphor as a tool will help practitioners, students and academics to easily understand the concept of business sustainability and the various stages of the system. This new perspective can support the practitioners in making effective decisions for sustainability. Originality/value– This paper contributes in the field of corporate sustainability through the novel visual metaphor proposed. This metaphor can enhance the theoretical development in this field by approaching the concept of corporate sustainability from a different perspective. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Management Research: The Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management Emerald Publishing

Different stages of business sustainability: a visual metaphor

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1536-5433
DOI
10.1108/MRJIAM-12-2013-0535
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Abstract

Purpose– The purpose of this paper is to explain the different stages of business sustainability through a visual metaphor. This metaphor compares the interaction between the different variables of sustainability to the interaction between the colour wheels in the Interconnected Spinning colour wheel. As a result of this comparison, we propose the different stages of business sustainability. Design/methodology/approach– Domains-interaction model approach is used to develop the metaphor. Findings– The four stages of the business sustainability system resulting from this metaphor are: designable, feasible, endurable and responsible. Research limitations– We recognize that a visual metaphor provides only a limited insight, which is a general drawback of a metaphor. Practical implications– This visual metaphor as a tool will help practitioners, students and academics to easily understand the concept of business sustainability and the various stages of the system. This new perspective can support the practitioners in making effective decisions for sustainability. Originality/value– This paper contributes in the field of corporate sustainability through the novel visual metaphor proposed. This metaphor can enhance the theoretical development in this field by approaching the concept of corporate sustainability from a different perspective.

Journal

Management Research: The Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 17, 2014

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