Understanding eco-industrial development processes through multiple change perspectives

V.A.J. Verguts, J. Dessein, L. Lauwers, R.A. Werkman, C.J.A.M. Termeer

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Abstract

Eco-industrial parks are receiving increasing attention in light of the sustainability discourse. Although the formation and development of eco-industrial parks have been investigated, these processes are difficult to grasp. In order to better understand and govern the trajectory of these processes, this chapter attempts to reveal some of their complexity. It addresses the formation of industrial parks from a change perspective, with a focus on the interplay between actors and context. We use two lenses to build a combination of change perspectives: transition management theories, and the episodic and continuous change concepts of organisational theory. Both of these lenses distinguish between change that is planned, abrupt and discontinuous, and change that is emergent, incremental and continuous. The main lesson of the paper is that actors’ perspectives of change and development affect possible governance strategies. Planned change assumes that actors are unable to adapt their underlying structures to the new demands for sustainable development and thus require interventions from the outside. In the case of continuous change, actors are seen as self-organising. This process calls more for facilitation and removal of possible stumbling blocks. In order to choose a good governance strategy applied to the circumstances, these perspectives need to be combined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSystem Innovations, knowledge regimes and design practices towards transitions for sustainable agriculture
EditorsM. Barbier, B. Elzen
PublisherINRA
Pages193-207
Number of pages264
ISBN (Print)9782738013064
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Verguts, V. A. J., Dessein, J., Lauwers, L., Werkman, R. A., & Termeer, C. J. A. M. (2012). Understanding eco-industrial development processes through multiple change perspectives. In M. Barbier, & B. Elzen (Eds.), System Innovations, knowledge regimes and design practices towards transitions for sustainable agriculture (pp. 193-207). INRA. http://www.inra-ifris.org/IMG/pdf/sisa1book_chapter10.pdf