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Title: The sour-dough model of knowledge development : the influence of business epistemology on the environmental performance of Scottish small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises
Author: Andrews, Catriona Jane
ISNI:       0000 0004 2674 7372
Awarding Body: University of Strathclyde
Current Institution: University of Strathclyde
Date of Award: 2006
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Why is it that some small companies have profitably embraced an idea of sustainable business, while many others do not give it a passing thought? What are the features that make some businesses open to more sustainable opportunities, but leave others ;losed to the idea? This work identifies a range of important influences on business responsiveness to sustainability and presents a theoretical framework, referred to as business epistemology, to describe their interaction. By analysing the business epistemology, it is possible to identify the barriers to sustainable business within individual companies. The framework also highlights the wide range of supportive influences necessary to enable the development of sustainable business practice. The companies who have embraced sustainable business have benefited from a supportive combination of intemal and external influences. Few companies currently enjoy such wide-ranging support for sustainable business.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral