Creative Destruction and Destructive Creations: Environmental Ethics and Planned Obsolescence

  title={Creative Destruction and Destructive Creations: Environmental Ethics and Planned Obsolescence},
  author={Joseph P. Guiltinan},
  journal={Journal of Business Ethics},
  • Joseph P. Guiltinan
  • Published 2009
  • Economics
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • Three decades ago, planned obsolescence was a widely discussed ethical issue in marketing classrooms. Planned obsolescence is topical again today because an increasing emphasis on continuous product development promotes shorter durables replacement and disposal cycles with troublesome environmental consequences. This paper offers explanations of why product obsolescence is practiced and why it works. It then examines the ethical responsibilities of product developers and corporate strategists… CONTINUE READING
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