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Understanding sustainability through the lens of ecocentric radical-reflexivity : implications for management education

Allen, Stephen; Cunliffe, Ann L.; Easterby-Smith, Mark


Stephen Allen

Ann L. Cunliffe

Mark Easterby-Smith


This paper seeks to contribute to the debate around sustainability by proposing the need for an ecocentric stance to sustainability that reflexively embeds humans in—rather than detached from—nature. We argue that this requires a different way of thinking about our relationship with our world, necessitating a (re)engagement with the sociomaterial world in which we live. We develop the notion of ecocentrism by drawing on insights from sociomateriality studies, and show how radical-reflexivity enables us to appreciate our embeddedness and responsibility for sustainability by bringing attention to the interrelationship between values, actions and our social and material world. We examine the implications of an ecocentric radically reflexive approach to sustainability for management education.


Allen, S., Cunliffe, A. L., & Easterby-Smith, M. (2019). Understanding sustainability through the lens of ecocentric radical-reflexivity : implications for management education. Journal of Business Ethics, 154(3), 781–795.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 19, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 13, 2017
Publication Date 2019-02
Deposit Date Jan 17, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Journal of business ethics
Print ISSN 0167-4544
Electronic ISSN 1573-0697
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 154
Issue 3
Pages 781–795
Keywords Ecocentrism , Radical-reflexivity, Reflexivity, Sociomateriality, Sustainability
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Additional Information Copy of article first published in: Journal of business ethics, 2017


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