Revista de Administração de Empresas
On-line version ISSN 2178-938X
BARBIERI, José Carlos; VASCONCELOS, Isabella Freitas Gouveia de; ANDREASSI, Tales and VASCONCELOS, Flávio Carvalho de. Innovation and sustainability: new models and propositions. Rev. adm. empres. [online]. 2010, vol.50, n.2, pp. 146-154. ISSN 2178-938X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-75902010000200002.
This theoretical paper has as main objective to analyze the relation between sustainability and innovation, taking as reference the institutional theory. Thus, the paper initially examines the issue of sustainable development, from a historical dimension of evolution of the topic. After that, we explored the theme of institutionalization of sustainable development, suggesting that the prominence of sustainable development can be explained by institutional theory, more specifically by the concept of symbolic efficiency of Meyer and Rowan (1991). The paper then analyzes the concept of sustainable innovative organizations. Finally, the relationship between sustainability and innovation is analyzed, highlighting the importance that the company innovates considering the three dimensions of sustainability - social, environmental and economic.
Keywords : Innovation; sustainability; institutional theory; sustainable innovative organization; sustainable development; social and environmental management; ecoinnovation.