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Corporate ecology is a term used to describe the process through which resources are collected and transformed by corporate entities for use by citizens in modern, free market societies. Influenced by systems theory, corporate ecology seeks to achieve a deeper understanding and appreciation of the dynamic processes through which resources are concentrated and redistributed throughout interlinked elements including living organisms, naturally occurring physical cycles, and corporate activities. More specifically, as corporations act in pursuit of their missions, they have direct and indirect impacts on a variety of people, communities, governments, and natural environmental systems (e.g., air, water, soil, and biodiversity). From this perspective, scholars have found it important to reenvision business as a system nested within, and therefore dependent on, other larger systems, including the ...

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