Sustainability as Practice: Reflections on the Creation of an Institutional Logic

Sustainability. 2017;9(10):1839 DOI 10.3390/su9101839

 

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Journal Title: Sustainability

ISSN: 2071-1050 (Online)

Publisher: MDPI AG

LCC Subject Category: Technology: Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering: Environmental effects of industries and plants | Technology: Mechanical engineering and machinery: Renewable energy sources | Geography. Anthropology. Recreation: Environmental sciences

Country of publisher: Switzerland

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS

Minelle E. Silva (University of Fortaleza, Av. Washigton Soares, 1321, Bloco E, Sala 13, Edson Queiroz, Fortaleza, CearĂ¡ 60811-905, Brazil)
Marina D. Figueiredo (University of Fortaleza, Av. Washigton Soares, 1321, Bloco E, Sala 13, Edson Queiroz, Fortaleza, CearĂ¡ 60811-905, Brazil)

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Time From Submission to Publication: 11 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

Debates over social and organisational sustainability are constant because sustainability must stem from beliefs and goals that social and economic actors share. However, there is still a gap in the knowledge about how sustainability is practiced. In this theoretical paper, we use institutional logic (IL) to assume that the logic of sustainability can contribute to sustainability studies by explaining how practices are socially constructed and shared among actors. We consider sustainability as a practice by articulating IL through an understanding of practice-based studies (PBS). Sustainability as a practice facilitates the emergence of new organisational values and contributes to changes that support a new institutional logic. Hence, we define the institutional logic of sustainability (ILS) as a theoretical approach enabling comprehension of how sustainability can be observed and practiced through socially constructed actions and intentions. We highlight its relevance to deep sustainability studies and argue that by using different roles and meanings surrounding its performance, sustainability as a practice can facilitate studies about organisations.