Organizing Within Dynamic Ecosystems: Conceptualizing Socio-Ecological Mechanisms

Frank Boons*

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This article argues that direct ecological impact needs to be incorporated into research on organizations and the natural environment, as complementary to conceptualizations of ecological impact as a social construction. Building on work in analytical sociology, it proposes to study socio-ecological mechanisms and thus enhance the understanding of processes of organizing within dynamic ecosystems. Three categories of socio-ecological mechanisms are introduced and illustrated with examples. The article concludes with reflections on the expected increase of direct ecological impact on organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-297
JournalOrganization & Environment
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes

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