Will Self-regulating Consumption Ethics Lead to New Business Paradigms

Thomas Wallner-Drewitz

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It is becoming increasingly clear that our global ecosystem is under serious threat. Despite all warning signals, the general outlook remains gloomy. The leading economic paradigms are growth-oriented and do not support any shift towards sustainability. The underlying ideology is handing over the responsibility to the individual. Much hope has been placed on ethical consumption, but a change in consumption behaviour on a large scale has not occurred. Recent studies show that without a change in our belief systems and the corresponding deep frames no substantial change will happen. This calls for new, more sophisticated and more radical change strategies as well as new business paradigms, which are both laid out in this article. Furthermore, a brief assessment is given of whether and how business schools can actively contribute to this shift.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-125
JournalJournal of Organizationa Transformation & Social Change
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


  • sustainability
  • ethics
  • consumption ethics
  • business paradigm
  • belief
  • system
  • values


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