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Industrial ecology as an ecological model for business: diversity and firm survival.

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Paul Nieuwenhuis
Catrin Lammgård
Publicerad i Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal
Volym 8
Nummer/häfte 3
Sidor 189-204
ISSN 1478-8764
Publiceringsår 2013
Publicerad vid Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Industriell och Finansiell ekonomi & logistik
Centre for Business in Society
Sidor 189-204
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1504/PIE.2013.060672
Ämnesord biomimicry; diversity; business longevity; industrial ecology;
Ämneskategorier Ekonomi och näringsliv


Krebs (2008) suggests that an ecological worldview should displace the economic worldview. This means business could increasingly be analysed from an ecological perspective. Some moves in this direction have been made, but one area so far left unexplored is the question of whether the ecosystem metaphor allows a comparison between the way ecosystems change over time and the way human economic entities change and adapt over time. This paper considers this issue at the level of the firm. It is found that firms survive either because they are ‘resistant’ to change due to the inherently sustainable nature of their activities, or because they have shown ‘resilience’ in that they have been able to adapt over time to changing environmental conditions by sometimes radical shifts in product offerings, activities and business models, by drawing on apparently less successful products or activities already present in some form within its portfolio; thereby carrying apparent redundancy in their operation.

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