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Landmines and international business community: a political ecology perspective

Landmines and international business community: a political ecology perspective Purpose – The two decades of civil war have left Angola plagued with about ten millions landmines, causing destructions to human conditions and communities. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to create awareness of the landmine‐related problems among the business community and propose strategies to tackle them. Design/methodology/approach – Using the theory of political ecology – an approach that represents an ever‐changing dynamic tension between ecology and human change, and between diverse communities within society – this paper analyzes the political environment that led to the plantation of landmines and examines how the collective action of governments, nongovernmental organizations and businesses communities can create awareness, rehabilitate victims and support new technologies. Findings – The findings suggest the following strategies to business communities to alleviate the problem of landmines: create landmine awareness in society and the business community; provide economic assistance to landmine victims for rehabilitation; and donate landmine excavators. Practical implications – The practical implications for managers are that they can implement the strategies to improve the prevailing human conditions of the communities in Angola. Originality/value – This study originally contributes in that it highlights the problems associated with landmines and brings them to the attention of international business community and proposes a three‐pronged strategy to deal with them. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy Emerald Publishing

Landmines and international business community: a political ecology perspective

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1750-6204
DOI
10.1108/17506201011086093
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Abstract

Purpose – The two decades of civil war have left Angola plagued with about ten millions landmines, causing destructions to human conditions and communities. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to create awareness of the landmine‐related problems among the business community and propose strategies to tackle them. Design/methodology/approach – Using the theory of political ecology – an approach that represents an ever‐changing dynamic tension between ecology and human change, and between diverse communities within society – this paper analyzes the political environment that led to the plantation of landmines and examines how the collective action of governments, nongovernmental organizations and businesses communities can create awareness, rehabilitate victims and support new technologies. Findings – The findings suggest the following strategies to business communities to alleviate the problem of landmines: create landmine awareness in society and the business community; provide economic assistance to landmine victims for rehabilitation; and donate landmine excavators. Practical implications – The practical implications for managers are that they can implement the strategies to improve the prevailing human conditions of the communities in Angola. Originality/value – This study originally contributes in that it highlights the problems associated with landmines and brings them to the attention of international business community and proposes a three‐pronged strategy to deal with them.

Journal

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global EconomyEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 19, 2010

Keywords: Angola; Communities; International business; Weapons; Explosives technology; Political systems

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