Department of Management

(In)formality and the institutional logics of (un)sustainability in an emerging market

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The sustainable management of natural resources by industry is increasingly coming under public scrutiny. This article investigates the responses of firms in two industrial clusters in Brazil to the enforcement of environmental legislation. Its findings demonstrate a divergence in typologies that reflects both the strategies of local law- enforcement officials and firms’ resources. The article also extends our understanding of how firms’ resources affect strategic responses to institutional pressures. We show that the informalization of the economy is a highly problematic strategy for sustainability. We discuss the need to develop policy instruments capable of creating a space in which to negotiate the gradual enforcement of environmental legislation. Our findings provide insights for policy design in times of increasingly catastrophic pollution in regions immersed in global competition
Original languageEnglish
Publication year16 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2018
EventAcademy of Management - Chicago, USA, Chicago, United States
Duration: 10 Jul 201714 Aug 2018


ConferenceAcademy of Management
LocationChicago, USA
CountryUnited States

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