Introduction: Foundational considerations in balancing innovatory processes and sustainable development practices in comparative light
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This book of expert and scholarly contributions on strategies for sustainable technologies and innovations is the by-product of the three-day international conference (Multinational Enterprises and Sustainable Development – MESD’09) held at Nancy, France, in November 2009, jointly organized by the ICN Business School (France), the CEREFIGE research center of the Université de Lorraine (France), and the Georgia Tech Center for International Business Education and Research, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. The conference brought together academics, research-oriented practitioners, experts, consultants and various professionals in the field of technology management for sustainable development with a view to refine our understanding of one of the major challenges of our environmental future: its innovation dimensions. Our conviction is that the form in which business operations are actually conducted around the world cannot be sustained, as momentous changes continue to characterize our planet. Scientific evidence points to the fact that human and organizational behaviors can result in critical damage to our natural systems. The quality of human existence continues to be strongly related to our ability to innovate and to conceive sustainable technological and productive systems. Radical socio-technical changes are needed to slow and eventually reverse the deterioration of our environment, but also to develop available natural resources. Business firms are catalysts and agents of societal and economic change.

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