Coping with the Dilemmas of Resource-Oriented Management
2011, XIX, 239 p.
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The step-by-step structure leads the reader carefully to a resource-oriented understanding of sustainable management.
Includes learning targets at the beginning and suggestions for further reflection at the end of each chapter.
Provides Solutions for Dilemmas in Resource-Oriented Management.
In this book, a resource-oriented perception of sustainable management is presented. Firms that decide to act more sustainable have to bear in mind that they do not only need resources for economic activities today, but that they will need these tomorrow as well. This leads to contradictory management rationalities firms must deal with. The author presents his findings as regards the development of environmental and social responsibility and introduces a theory of management ecology. He takes a close look at the contradictions businesses have to face when governing their activity towards sustainability. Moreover, he identifies different notions of the resource term in management studies and develops a “sustainable resource management” which could help businesses redirect their economic activities from a solely profit-oriented to a resource-oriented way of operating.
Introduction. - Part I: Understanding Sustainability. - 1 Sustainability and Society. - 2 Quo Vadis, Environmental Management?. - 3 Quo Vadis, Social Responsibility?. - 4 Sustainability as Economic Rationality. - Part II: Theoretical Impulses. - 5 A Theory of Management Ecology. - 6 Dominant Management Rationalities and the Necessary Improvements for a More Sustainable Management. - 7 Coping with Contradictions as Core Problem of Modern and Sustainability-oriented Management Studies. - Part III: Sustainable Resource Management. - 8 The Use of the Term “Resource” in Management Studies. - 9 Salutogenesis as Heuristic for Resource-oriented Management Studies.
10 Strategic Resource Management