Authors: Samuel Howard Quartey; Sam Wells
Addresses: Marketing and Management, Adelaide Business School, University of Adelaide 10 Pulteney Street, Nexus Building, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5005, South Australia ' Marketing and Management, Adelaide Business School, University of Adelaide 10 Pulteney Street, Nexus Building, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5005, South Australia
Abstract: A complete understanding of sustainable development is inconceivable without discovering the pragmatic nature of the local knowledge embedded within industries. To fully understand the role of industries in sustainable development, it is particularly important to incorporate two underdeveloped perspectives: local knowledge from industries as a major determinant of sustainable development; and pragmatism as an underlying tool for developing this knowledge. This paper provides a pragmatic view of local knowledge towards an understanding of sustainable development. Pragmatism as an analytical perspective was examined. The major themes of pragmatism were identified and critiqued. The literature on local knowledge and sustainable development were also reviewed and synthesised. The synthesis of the literature suggests that through reflexivity, social processes and continuous experimentation, industries can develop a pragmatic local knowledge which informs their actions, practices and interventions towards sustainable development. A conceptual framework with relevant research propositions has been proposed for future empirical investigation. The novelty of this framework lies in its ability to show how industries can practically and actively support sustainable development with their pragmatic local knowledge.
Keywords: communities; industries; local knowledge; pragmatism; sustainable development.
International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 2017 Vol.8 No.3/4, pp.259 - 272
Received: 23 Nov 2016
Accepted: 08 Mar 2017
Published online: 05 Oct 2017 *