Inferring principles for sustainable development of business through analogies from ecological systems

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The literature in the field of sustainable development (SD) of businesses is piecemeal and diverse. This paper identifies and integrates principles that businesses could use for transformation towards SD. This is done through analogical reasoning from the source context of ecological systems to the target contexts of business socio-economic systems and machine/technology systems. The methodologies of systems thinking and morphological analysis supplement the analogical reasoning. Based on this, twelve principles for sustainable development of business are inferred for business managers and policy makers. © 2012 Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

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Sriram, K., Ganesh, L. S., & Madhumathi, R. (2013). Inferring principles for sustainable development of business through analogies from ecological systems. IIMB Management Review, 25(1), 36–48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iimb.2012.10.009

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