Mark Edwards

Assistant Professor, School of Business, University of Western Australia

Mark Edwards is an Assistant Professor at the Business School, University of Western Australia where he teaches in the areas of business ethics and organisational change.   He also teaches on integrative studies at the John F. Kennedy University in the USA. 

Mark has published on a diverse range of topics including management studies, futures studies, sustainability and organisational transformation.  Current research interests include global ethics, climate change, metatheory and organisational sustainability.  Mark’s has recently published a book in the Routledge Studies in Business Ethics series entitled “Organisational Transformation for Sustainability”.  The book develops presents an integrative framework for theories of change and applies this to the fields of organisational transformation and sustainability.  Mark is currently working on a book offering a more general introduction to the topic of big picture research (integral meta-studies).

Blog Posts

Worldviews and the (Economic) Merchants of Doubt

Posted on 20 December 2012 by Mark Edwards

In the previous two posts, I made two principal points: In the first post, I noted that doubt about the efficacy of government intervention to address HICC may become as much a barrier to action as the denialist strategy of manufacturing doubt about the scientific basis of climate change. In the second post, I illustated this notion by surveying the range of climate policie across the entire spectrum.

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Climate Policy: Points along the Spectrum

Posted on 17 December 2012 by Mark Edwards

In a previous post, I noted that doubt about the efficacy of government intervention to address HICC may become as much a barrier to action as the denialist strategy of manufacturing doubt about the scientific basis of Human Induced Climate Change (HICC).

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The Climate Change Policy Spectrum: Worldviews, Ideologies and the New (Economic) Merchants of Doubt

Posted on 13 December 2012 by Mark Edwards

In a study of the responses of farmers to changing weather patterns Rogers, Curtis and Mazur found that, “Personal values and worldviews were found to be the most frequent factors linked to adaptive behaviour.” (Rogers, Curtis & Mazur 2012, p. 258)

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Avoiding Regulations: Try Meta-Regulating

Posted on 23 August 2011 by Mark Edwards

As Carmen Lawrence has pointed out here in her series on economic growth and human well-being, the issue of climate change is directed related to that of economic growth.  Our endless quest for growth is leasing us up against planetary limits in resources (resource limits) and in the earth’s capacity to absorb the outputs of that growth (sink limits).  Climate change is essentially an atmospheric sink limit that demonstrates the planet’s growing inability to absorb further emissions of carbon dioxide without significant disruption to the climate system. Growth and climate change are running into each other and this impasse will not be solved without a transformation in the way we define, measure and regulate economic growth. 

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Climate Change and Voicing Values in the Workplace

Posted on 31 March 2011 by Mark Edwards

There is a fundamental fault line that runs through the heart of the climate change issue in Australia.  Privately, we take it seriously while publicly we do almost nothing. The horrendous floods that we have witnessed in many states in recent months provide a glimpse of the social, environmental and economic impact that climate change is having on the Australian economy and a foretaste of perhaps even worse things to come. And yet organisations, including governments and corporate businesses, seem incapable of developing an adequate response to the problem.  The Gillard government’s extraordinary proposal of reducing climate change funding to pay for flood damage is an example of the fickle nature of government views on this issue.  The lack of any substantive alternative policies concerning climate change issues from the conservative opposition speaks of their completely inadequate understanding of the level of scientific knowledge on the topic. 

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