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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis kituose recenzuojamuose leidiniuose / Article in other peer-reviewed editions (S5)
Field of Science: Vadyba / Management (S003)
Author(s): Mžavanadzė, Nora;Dagiliūtė, Renata
Title: Sustainability innovations as a possible way out of the current economic crisis
Is part of: LCC liberal arts studies. Klaipėda : LCC international university, 2009, vol. 2 : Crisis as a catalyst for creativity and innovation
Extent: p. 141-152
Date: 2009
Keywords: Darnus vystymasis;Inovacija;Darni gamyba;Vartojimas;Ekonomine krize;Globali;Pereinamasis laikotarpis;Lietuva;Sustainable development;Innovation;Sustainable production;Consumption;Economic crisis;Global;Transition;Lithuania
Abstract: This paper discusses the potential of sustainability solutions as means to overcome the current economic crisis. The authors argue that economic crises in general can be perceived as drivers for restructuring, innovation, and also sustainability. The concept of sustainability is based on equally applied economic, social and environmental considerations for all human activities. This in turn implies “doing things differently” and paves the ground for innovation (in public sector, business, and civil society) that could further foster competitiveness, attract investment, and mobilize the human resources for both short-term and long-term development. The concept of sustainable consumption and production is chosen as a theoretical lens to analyze the current situation in Lithuania. In early 1990s, Lithuania started a transition process from a single-party centrally planned economy to a market economy and democracy. Transition processes have not always been compatible with the principles of sustainable development, therefore, there was (and to a certain extent there still is) a need to reconsider development policies. Nevertheless, certain practices from the socialist past could be maintained while learning from the best Western practices at the same time. Recent global economic crisis is an opportunity to reconsider the development model of Lithuania and to implement the concept of sustainable production and consumption in public policies, private initiatives, and individual actions. Implementation of sustainable production and consumption initiatives would benefit the environment and would also improve social cohesion, facilitate innovation and new models of business. A society-wide adoption of principles of social responsibility and open society may become the new driving forces for Lithuania’s development
Affiliation(s): Aplinkotyros katedra
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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