Re-imagining the scales, dimensions, and fields of socio-ecological sustainability
O'Reilly, Dermot; Allen, Stephen; Reedy, Patrick
Dr Patrick Reedy P.Reedy@hull.ac.uk
Reader in Organisational Behaviour
This paper critiques the two-dimensional (hierarchical-spatial) focus on scales evident in management and organizational studies, and the Capitalist Ecological Modernisation (CEM) paradigm that dominates current corporate and governmental approaches to sustainability. Our contribution is to propose a more complex and nuanced understanding of scale, which incorporates social, political, temporal, and material dimensions. We propose a heuristic framework from Harvey (2010) in order to evaluate different paradigms of socio-ecological organizing: specifically, the dominant paradigm of CEM against a Social Ecology (SE) alternative. We explore the divergent conceptions of, and relative importance placed upon, concepts of scale, grain, level, and field in these two contrasting paradigms. Our analysis highlights the limitations and contradictions of the CEM expression of scale, namely its predominant focus on measurement and expansion through ‘economies of scale’. By offering an alternative conception of the links between scales, grains, levels, and social fields, we show how this enriches the conceptualisation of potential forms of socio-ecological organizing and opens up the potential for alternative modes of organizing socio-ecological sustainability.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Journal||British Journal of Management|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Reedy, P., O'Reilly, D., & Allen, S. (2018). Re-imagining the scales, dimensions, and fields of socio-ecological sustainability. British Journal of Management, 29(2), 220-234. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12278|
|Keywords||Scale; Sustainability; Ecological modernisation; Social ecology|
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