Title

Social paradigms and attitudes toward environmental accountability

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Business Ethics

Publication Date

5-1-2006

Volume

65

Issue

2

First Page

121

Last Page

147

Keywords

Corporate environmental accountability, Dominant Social Paradigm, New Ecological Paradigm

Abstract

This paper argues that commitment to the Dominant Social Paradigm (DSP) in Western societies, which includes support for such ideologies as free enterprise, private property rights, economic individualism, and unlimited economic growth, poses a threat to progress in imposing greater standards of corporate environmental accountability. It is hypothesized that commitment to the DSP will be negatively correlated with support for the New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) and support for corporate environmental accountability, and that belief in the NEP will be positively correlated with support for corporate environmental accountability. The findings, based on a survey of MBA students, are generally consistent with the hypotheses.

DOI

10.1007/s10551-005-4606-2

Print ISSN

01674544

E-ISSN

15730697

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Recommended Citation

Shafer, W. E. (2006). Social paradigms and attitudes toward environmental accountability. Journal of Business Ethics, 65(2), 121-147. doi: 10.1007/s10551-005-4606-2