Metatheoretical Perspectives on Sustainability Journeys: Evolutionary, Relational and Durational

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Raghu Garud

Pennsylvania State University

Joel Gehman

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Date Written: April 1, 2012

Abstract

Journeys to a sustainable future have become important to industry, government and research. In this paper, we examine evolutionary, relational and durational perspectives on sustainability journeys. Each perspective emphasizes different facets of sustainability – shifts in selection environments, reconfigurations of emergent networks, and intertemporal comparisons and contrasts. Drawing on our analysis, we discuss implications for sustainability policy, strategy and research.

Keywords: sustainability transitions, multilevel perspective, path dependence, path creation, dynamic capabilities, actor-network theory, narratives

JEL Classification: D9, D90, M1, M13, O3, O32, O33, O38, Q2, Q28

Suggested Citation

Garud, Raghu and Gehman, Joel, Metatheoretical Perspectives on Sustainability Journeys: Evolutionary, Relational and Durational (April 1, 2012). Research Policy, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1923709

Raghu Garud (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

431 Business Bulding
Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA 16803
United States

Joel Gehman

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada
(780) 248-5855 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.joelgehman.com

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