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Scientific paper • 2020


Degrowth business framework: Implications for sustainable development

By: Iana Nesterova

Abstract: Recent years have seen a revival in growth scepticism, yet degrowth in relation to the macroeconomic level has received almost exclusive attention. This resulted in a lack of literature on how post-growth and specifically degrowth visions of economy could be implemented, including from the perspective of firms and other organisations. This paper focuses on degrowth literature and fiel...

Scientific paper • 2020


Fit for purpose? Clarifying the critical role of profit for sustainability

By: Jennifer B. Hinton

This conceptual article contributes to the post-growth strand of political ecology literature, which seeks to find sustainable ways of organizing the economy that do not require economic growth. It explores the idea that transitioning to post-growth societies requires a transition in the relationship-to-profit of business. I first conceptualize relationship-to-profit as the intersection of purp...

Study • 2019

L'entreprise sobre : essai sur un concept juridique émergent

By: Valentin Baudouin

L’entreprise est une liberté ambigüe, elle est autant un facteur de progrès que de risque. La crise écologique actuelle conduit les entreprises à prendre conscience des effets de leurs activités sur la société dans son ensemble et l’environnement. Pressées par de nouvelles normes sociales de la société civile, les entreprises sont amenées à modifier leur comportement, notamment à travers une dé...

Interview • 2019


Dr. Stuart Newman: “It Seems to Me That We Are Headed for A Techno-Eugenic Future”

By: Mohsen Abdelmoumen

An interview with Dr. Stuart Newman on the excesses of biotechnology and its ramifications with the world of money. Newman is a professor of cell biology and anatomy at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, United States.

• 2019


Rise of sustainability reporting brings questions of motivation, agenda

By: Chris Gaetano

The use of sustainability accounting has grown apace with a rising demand from both investors and consumers for information on firms’ environmental, social and governance-related (ESG) impacts to the point where, today, 85 percent of S&P 500 companies report on such matters in some form or another. Yet with this rise have also come concerns that, in some cases, these reports are less for in...

Scientific paper • 2018


Degrowth in business: An oxymoron or a viable business model for sustainability?

By: Yaryna Khmara, Jakub Kronenber

Based on a review of literature connecting degrowth and business, we attempt to operationalize degrowth in the context of business activity, and consider what degrowth can add to the business models for sustainability discussed so far. In most discussions on degrowth, economic activity has been reduced to relatively marginal activities. We see a need to connect degrowth to more typical business...

Scientific paper • 2018


Common Good-Oriented Companies: Exploring Corporate Values, Characteristics and Practices That Could Support a Development Towards Degrowth

By: Jasmin Wiefek, Kathrin Heinitz

At present, little is known about the corporate characteristics that support a socio-economic development towards degrowth. Addressing this research gap, we conducted interviews with companies which have joined the Economy for the Common Good, a social movement which identifies the common good as the purpose of economic activity. Our analysis was guided by Latouche’s (2009) eight ‘R’s which, he...

Scientific paper • 2018


Framing Social Enterprise as Post-Growth Organising in the Diverse Economy

By: Eeva Houtbeckers

Organising for post-growth society is called for to enable living on our finite planet. While previous research has suggested that social enterprise could be one form of post-growth organising (PGo), these suggestions might not rely on critical studies of social enterprise (SE) or studies exploring everyday practices of SE. This paper asks to what extent can SE practices be considered to be pos...

Scientific paper • 2018


Towards Growth-Independent and Post-Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurship in the SME Sector

By: Jana Gebauer

For a long time the postulate that quantitative growth is the entrepreneurial raison d’être and an indispensable obligation for a company has remained unquestioned. Empirical studies on firm size and growth show, however, that a large fraction of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are non-growers or slow growers. These SMEs often show a more qualities-driven perspective on the growth que...

Scientific paper • 2018


Business Development in Post-Growth Economies: Challenging Assumptions in the Existing Business Growth Literature

By: Jan Cornelius Zoellick, Thomas Cyron

Existing literature has not specifically examined individual business growth in post-growth economies. This paper challenges dominant assumptions in the business growth literature by considering post-growth economies as an organisational context characterised by natural resource scarcity and an absence of macro-level economic expansion. We investigate conceptually how such a context impacts bus...

Art contribution • 2017


Standard Oil Co by Pablo Neruda

By: Pablo Neruda

The discussion of peak oil and the worldwide struggle against oil companies fracking and exploitation brings us back to this poem by Pablo Neruda. Food for thought...

• 2017


Frugal Value - Designing Business for a Crowded Planet

By: Carina Millstone

We live in unprecedented times. Climate change and ecosystem collapse are altering our world beyond recognition, and a growing global population is exacerbating the pressure on the resources that power our economies. How should the private sector respond to the new risks and uncertainties of our Crowded Planet? Frugal Value contests the notion that companies can rise to the great challenges ...

Scientific paper • 2017


Shape of things to come: From the ‘laws of form’ to management in the post-growth economy

By: André Reichel

Keywords: post-growth, theory of the firm, system theory, laws of form, Niklas Luhmann

Presentation • 2016


Degrowth Conference Budapest, 2016 - Un-common business sense. Toward a growth-independent transformative management model

By: Jana Gebauer

Presentation by Jana Gebauer Empirical studies on firm size and growth show that the larger proportions of companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), are voluntary or forced non- and slow growers. Yet, the generally unquestioned postulate is that growth is the entrepreneurial raison d’être and an indispensable (societal) obligation for an economic actor. In this spirit, ‘n...

Scientific paper • 2016


The Economy for the Common Good: an approach to alternative company practices in accordance with degrowth?

By: Jasmin Wiefek, Josefa Kny

The Economy for the Common Good (ECG) is a social movement as well as an alternative economic model that views the common good as the purpose of economic activity. Monetary profits are seen as a mere means. Enterprises participating in the ECG compile so-called common good balance sheets, which assess to which extent the company acts according to values, such as ecological sustainability and so...

Scientific paper • 2016


Un-common business sense

By: Jana Gebauer

Empirical studies on firm size and growth show that the larger proportions of companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), are voluntary or forced non- and slow growers. Yet, the generally unquestioned postulate is that growth is the entrepreneurial raison d’être and an indispensable (societal) obligation for an economic actor. In this spirit, ‘non-growth’ appears to be a ‘no...

Scientific paper • 2016


TATuP-Ausgabe 2/2016 zu Postwachstum

By: M. Albiez, J. Kopfmüller, L. Nierling, A. Reichel, St. Lorenz, B. Muraca, C. Waitz, S. Meyer-Soylu, D. Posse, St. Ober

Der Themenschwerpunkt des aktuellen Hefts (TATuP - Technikfolgenabschätzung Theorie und Praxis) widmet sich verschiedenen Perspektiven der Forschung auf das Konzept von Postwachstum in Technik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. KIT Online: Wie sehen derzeitige Konzeptionen von Postwachstum aus? Wie stehen so unterschiedliche Bereiche wie Technikentwicklung, Städte oder Unternehmen zu Strategien f...

Scientific paper • 2016


Kein richtiges Leben im falschen? Wachstumsneutrale Unternehmen in der Wachstumswirtschaft

By: Jasmin Wiefek, Bernd Sommer

Schlagworte: Postwachstum; wachstumsneutrale Unternehmen; Nachhaltigkeit; ökologisches Wirtschaften; soziale Differenzierung

Presentation • 2015


Paul Ellis ESEE2015 Plenary: Sustaining Development - Practitoners´ Perspectives

By: Paul Ellis

Plenary speech at the 2015 European Society for Ecological Economics Conference at the University of Leeds in July 2015. Practitioners Panel Q&A session with Ronan Palmer, Kate Raworth, Andy Mace and Paul Ellis