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Understanding organisations for a post-growth era: contributions from an epistemic analysis

Mónica Ramos-Mejía (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia)
Sebastián Dueñas-Ocampo (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia)
Isabella Gomati de la Vega (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Article publication date: 19 January 2021

Issue publication date: 2 November 2021




The purpose of this paper is to uncover the ways in which companies either reproduce or challenge the growth-based roots of the social imaginary, in order to inform the degrowth debate at the firm level.


This paper offers an epistemic analysis of the ways companies organise, revealing underlying conceptions of organisations' identities and their corresponding ways of organising.


The epistemic analysis derives four conceptual findings allowing the authors to suggest ways of organising in a socio-environmental future not driven by economic growth. The paper suggests new research avenues to study alternative worldviews in organisations.


This paper creatively contributes to the discussion about alternatives to the current unsustainable economy with a special focus on the micro level, where businesses act as a vital driving force for economic growth.



Funding: This work is part of the project “Enterprises in the transition to sustainable food systems”, funded by Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (VRI04-19).


Ramos-Mejía, M., Dueñas-Ocampo, S. and Gomati de la Vega, I. (2021), "Understanding organisations for a post-growth era: contributions from an epistemic analysis", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 41 No. 11/12, pp. 1227-1243.



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