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The purpose of this paper is to propose styles of reasoning for the characterization of sustainable development and sustainability as quasi-objects of study for management.

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After the theoretical-analytical discussion the authors present a framework that classifies different possibilities for framing sustainable development and sustainability as interesting research themes for management studies.


Sustainable development and sustainability are discussed using various analytical perspectives, a consequence of the fact that these phenomena are understood and discussed by various social collectives, which contributes to an interpretive and conceptual oscillation of these themes for management. The relationship between sustainable development, sustainability, and social factions justifies their characterization as quasi-objects of study for management. Via this characterization the authors intend to create a space for discussion aimed at presenting statements that are candidates for truth, but not as absolute or unquestionable truths.

Rafael Borim-de-Souza
Universidade Estadual de Londrina

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This page is a summary of: Sustainable development and sustainability as quasi‐objects of study in management, Management Research The Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management, November 2012, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/1536-541211273856.
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