Mohammad Kemal Dermawan


A wide variety of indicators suggest that humans are destroying
the earth at a rapid rate. Forests, air, water, human health, and
endangered species are all in trouble. Overall, humans are
creating economic growth by depreciating the capital in natural
resources that allows for that growth. We argue that the lens of
organizational behavior yields insights not otherwise visible to
explain this behavior. We provide a multi-level analysis of the
destructiveness of taken-for-granted belief and behavior. We
consider (1) how human perception of environmental problems
is affected by cognitive biases; (2) how individuals are
influenced in these biases by the organizations of which they
area part; and (3) how institutions persist that guide our
awareness of our connections to the environment.

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