Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

Living Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Business Unsustainability and Early Warning Systems

  • Johannes Platje
  • David Slim Zepeda QuintanaEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63951-2_263-1

Introduction

The world is becoming increasingly interconnected and complex. It is now common to speak of events influenced by the “butterfly effect,” in which organizations and institutions suffer the effects of apparently distant and unrelated actions of others. This represents a very serious problem for the survival of organizations and business sustainability, since it is possible that there are threats to their integrity that are unknown or that, while known, are not considered. The task of managing a modern organization is very complex with drastic potential effects, which probably requires a change in how organizations are being managed.

This chapter outlines the elements and concepts that create business unsustainability. First, a discussion is presented to define business sustainability. Business sustainability is an ambiguous, yet widely discussed, concept in recent decades intended to embed sustainability into business management. In the second section, the concept of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WSB University in WrocławWrocławPoland
  2. 2.Graduate Sustainability Program, Industrial Engineering DepartmentUniversity of SonoraHermosilloMexico

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luis Velazquez
    • 1
  1. 1.Sustainability Graduate Program, Industrial Engineering DepartmentUniversity of SonoraSonoraMexico