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Education and Technology as Levers for Sustainable Change

A New Framework of Interaction Between Business and Environment
  • Carlo Alberto Amadei
  • Monica Baraldi BorgidaEmail author
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Part of the Studies on Entrepreneurship, Structural Change and Industrial Dynamics book series (ESID)

Abstract

In the last decade, researchers have increasingly analyzed the interaction between business and environment under new perspectives. We join this effort focusing on the positive change that can arise from new collaborative opportunities between business and the environment, in order to embrace environmental challenges and pursue reciprocal benefits. We evaluate this synergetic activity using system thinking which identifies pivotal center, has the power to originate connections, and regulates a system’s behavior. In this regard, we believe education and technology are among the most important elements in the system. They play a major role in determining and weighing the interactions between environment and business. The two scenarios presented here are (1) the status quo system and (2) a system in which technology and education are empowered and serve as leverage points to develop a more efficient use of the world resources, thus using a smaller portion of the world’s physical capacity. This last scenario focuses on one environmental sphere (water), but the same tool could be applied to other environmental aspects. We build our analysis balancing the contributions coming from both professional and academic spheres. Progress has been made to integrate sustainability into strategy, such as the adoption of science-based targets by organizations aiming to reduce the effect of climate change. The authors believe that this process explains new ways in which business and society can thrive for generations to come.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlo Alberto Amadei
    • 1
  • Monica Baraldi Borgida
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied SciencesCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA

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