Varieties of Green Business: Industries, Nations and Time

Edward Elgar Publishing
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This book provides rich new empirical evidence on green business as it examines its variation between industries and nations, and over time. It demonstrates the deep historical origins of endeavors to create for-profit businesses that were more responsible and sustainable, but also how these strategies have faced constraints, trade-offs and challenges of legitimacy. Based on extensive interviews and archives from around the world, the book asks why green business succeeds more in some contexts than others, and draws lessons from failure as well as success.
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About the author

Geoffrey Jones, Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, Harvard Business School, US
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Publisher
Edward Elgar Publishing
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Published on
Sep 28, 2018
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Pages
270
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ISBN
9781788114141
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Language
English
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Genres
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industrial Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
Business & Economics / Green Business
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