Destruction as a strategy? Business ethical ruminations

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Sustainability is founded on the implicit assumption that the interaction of economic, environmental and social considerations results in constructive solutions for human and Nature alike. To what degree does this implicit assumption hold true? To ruminate on this issue the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project is used as a case example. The detractors and proponents of the project effectively impute each other of pursuing a strategy of destruction. Challenges are not only posed by the different worldviews espoused by various stakeholders, but also by different interpretations and prioritizations of economic, environmental and social factors. For Rawlsian processes, among them those used by the National Energy Board, designed to find reasonable compromises between stakeholders the diverging worldviews represent a fatal blow. The purpose of this paper is to study the dynamics of the divergence and radicalization of stakeholders in the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project permitting process, and to formulate solutions. This paper relies on the case study approach. The paper is based on publicly available Federal Court of Appeal, National Energy Board and other sources related to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project permitting process. This paper finds that divergence among the settler colonists epitomized by the radicalization of the groups promoting the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project and the strengthening of the environmental movement in association with decoloniality among First Nations make Rawlsian processes like the one used by the National Energy Board unfeasible. This paper contributes to the understanding of the limits of Rawlsian processes particularly in the context of coloniality and irreconcilable worldviews, and solutions are formulated.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging Technology for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth
Subtitle of host publication28th International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT) 2019 Conference
EditorsKaruna Jain, Shirish Sangle, Ruchita Gupta, Jinil Persis, R. Mukundan
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Management of Technology - Mumbai, India
Duration: 7 Apr 201911 Apr 2019
Conference number: 28


ConferenceInternational Conference on Management of Technology
Abbreviated titleIAMOT

    Research areas

  • Coloniality, Radicalization, Rawlsian Processes, Sustainability

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