Social paradigms and attitudes toward environmental accountability

William Eugene SHAFER

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This paper argues that commitment to the Dominant Social Paradigm (DSP) in Western societies, which includes support for such ideologies as free enterprise, private property rights, economic individualism, and unlimited economic growth, poses a threat to progress in imposing greater standards of corporate environmental accountability. It is hypothesized that commitment to the DSP will be negatively correlated with support for the New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) and support for corporate environmental accountability, and that belief in the NEP will be positively correlated with support for corporate environmental accountability. The findings, based on a survey of MBA students, are generally consistent with the hypotheses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-147
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2006


  • Corporate environmental accountability
  • Dominant Social Paradigm
  • New Ecological Paradigm

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