Exploring relationship between environmentalism and consumerism in a market economy society: a structured systematic literature review

Panizzut, N., Rafi-ul-Shan, P.M., Amar, H. ORCID: 0000-0002-0267-5736, Sher, F., Mazhar, M.U. ORCID: 0000-0003-2749-6408 and Klemeš, J.J., 2021. Exploring relationship between environmentalism and consumerism in a market economy society: a structured systematic literature review. Cleaner Engineering and Technology, 2: 100047. ISSN 2666-7908

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Abstract

Managing environmental sustainability has become a critical challenge and an essential agenda for academics and corporations alike. This study conducted evidence-based research to explore whether it is possible to maintain a balance between environmentalism and consumerism in a capitalist society. A triangulated approach is followed by combining systematic literature review (SLR) and text mining for cross-validation, thus, limiting subjective bias. The findings suggest that, although, it is possible to achieve a balance in the long run but this necessitate enormous amount of efforts and resources due to the complexity and paradoxical nature of environmentalism and consumerism coupled with the current way of capitalist societies’ life. Building on the findings and the Operations Management Input-Transformation-Output model, a research framework is proposed. The proposed framework suggests that to keep a balance between environmentalism and consumerism in a capitalist society, a progressive and transformational change could be instrumental for a viable solution. Finally, building on current gaps in the research domain, six future research directions are proposed to carry forward the notion of environmentalism and consumerism in a capitalist society.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Cleaner Engineering and Technology
Creators: Panizzut, N., Rafi-ul-Shan, P.M., Amar, H., Sher, F., Mazhar, M.U. and Klemeš, J.J.
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Date: 6 February 2021
Volume: 2
ISSN: 2666-7908
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10.1016/j.clet.2021.100047DOI
1423876Other
Rights: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/bync-nd/4.0/).
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 12 Mar 2021 16:20
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:05
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42502

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