This article argues that direct ecological impact needs to be incorporated into research on organizations and the natural environment, as complementary to conceptualizations of ecological impact as a social construction. Building on work in analytical sociology, it proposes to study socio-ecological mechanisms and thus enhance the understanding of processes of organizing within dynamic ecosystems. Three categories of socio-ecological mechanisms are introduced and illustrated with examples. The article concludes with reflections on the expected increase of direct ecological impact on organizations.

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doi.org/10.1177/1086026613498755, hdl.handle.net/1765/64032
Organization and Environment
Department of Public Administration

Boons, F.A.A. (2013). Organizing Within Dynamic Ecosystems: Conceptualizing Socio-Ecological Mechanisms. Organization and Environment, 26(3), 281–297. doi:10.1177/1086026613498755