Creative Destruction and Destructive Creations: Environmental Ethics and Planned Obsolescence [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Business Ethics 89 (1):19 - 28 (2009)
Three decades ago, planned obsolescence was a widely discussed ethical issue in marketing classrooms. Planned obsolescence is topical again today because an increasing emphasis on continuous product development promotes shorter durables replacement and disposal cycles with troublesome environmental consequences. This paper offers explanations of why product obsolescence is practiced and why it works. It then examines the ethical responsibilities of product developers and corporate strategists and their differing responses to this problem. Pro-environment product design and marketing practices and innovative government policies may alleviate the problem over time. However, given the current lack of understanding about consumer replacement and disposal behavior, it is questionable as to whether these practices and policies will be sufficiently informed to be effective. Thus, marketing scholars have a significant opportunity to contribute to sustainable durables product development
|Keywords||planned obsolescence durable goods environment product development|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Jeri Lynn Jones & Karen L. Middleton (2007). Ethical Decision-Making by Consumers: The Roles of Product Harm and Consumer Vulnerability. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 70 (3):247 - 264.
Daulatram B. Lund (2000). An Empirical Examination of Marketing Professionals' Ethical Behavior in Differing Situations. Journal of Business Ethics 24 (4):331 - 342.
Gi-Du Kang & Jeffrey James (2007). Revisiting the Concept of a Societal Orientation: Conceptualization and Delineation. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 73 (3):301 - 318.
Ching-Hsun Chang (2011). The Influence of Corporate Environmental Ethics on Competitive Advantage: The Mediation Role of Green Innovation. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 104 (3):361-370.
Andrew Crane (2001). Unpacking the Ethical Product. Journal of Business Ethics 30 (4):361 - 373.
Katherine Rowden & Bradley Striebig (2004). Incorporating Environmental Ethics Into the Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum. Science and Engineering Ethics 10 (2):417-422.
Rosa Maria Dangelico & Devashish Pujari (2010). Mainstreaming Green Product Innovation: Why and How Companies Integrate Environmental Sustainability. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 95 (3):471 - 486.
Joseph R. DesJardins & Ernest Diedrich (2003). Learning What It Really Costs: Teaching Business Ethics with Life-Cycle Case Studies. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 48 (1):33-42.
Laura Radulian (2005). Marketing of Harmful Products. International Corporate Responsibility Series 2:329-357.
Edmund Byrne (2007). The Planned Obsolescence of the Humanities: Is It Unethical? [REVIEW] Journal of Academic Ethics 5 (2-4):141-152.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads71 ( #18,865 of 1,096,754 )
Recent downloads (6 months)9 ( #20,531 of 1,096,754 )
How can I increase my downloads?