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Strategies for Sustainable Technologies and Innovations

Strategies for Sustainable Technologies and Innovations

Edited by John R. McIntyre, Silvester Ivanaj and Vera Ivanaj

Expert contributions examine the contextual factors that affect implementation of more sustainable technology and innovation practices, offering a number of empirical methodologies to describe and explain these multidimensional influences. What emerges is a compelling argument in favor of balanced strategies that merge profitability concerns with ecological consciousness, allowing for controlled sustainable development and stable, long-term economic success. Discussion of companies in both developed and emerging countries makes this book useful on a truly global scale.

Chapter 6: Appropriate technology movement

Sanjeeb Kakoty

Subjects: business and management, corporate social responsibility, management and sustainability, organisational innovation, environment, environmental management, innovation and technology, organisational innovation


Man’s desire to classify and understand human history on the basis of technology has often led to the classification of the past into periods such as the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Age of the Steam Engine, the Information Age and the like. Not surprisingly, an examination of human history classified under different periods reveals the preponderant influence of a particular technology in each age. In addition, the essential fabric of human life and social mores of the society are often found woven around the predominant technology extant during that time. But the question that arises is: what determines the technology? Does technology arise due to specific physical need of the community? Is the technology in turn shaped and influenced by the philosophy, religious beliefs and world view of the particular community? In this scenario, what kind of impact would imported technology have on the specific need mitigation of the community, as also on their philosophy of life? Would it be possible and feasible to have a uniform technology for all regions of the world, or would it be better for disparate regions and individual communities to develop technologies best suited to their specific needs?

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