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Sustainable design within retail'spaces'store design
Words: 3123 Length: 10 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 793359
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This essay is on Sustainable design within retail spaces store design (including the physical space of the store, as well as the merchandising fixtures, and products).  This paper will explore some different brands that utilize this sustainable design concept.

Introduction & Defining the Concept

The concept of sustainability is, for the most part, in the eye of the beholder.  In theory, sustainability reflects consumption that can be sustained indefinitely, implying that no non-renewable resources are used.  In practice, the term sustainable is applied more broadly along a spectrum where the actual amount of sustainability in the subject is moderate to high, though usually not total.  As applied to design, the concept of sustainability is focused on using a variety of tools, techniques, and designs that are sustainable.  It is rare that a building will be 100% sustainable, but concepts that contribute to sustainability have become the leading trend in building…

Contreras, J., Roth, H. & Lewis, M. (2011).  Toward a rational framework for sustainable building materials standards.  Standards Engineering. Vol. 63 (5)
Farr, D. (2008).  Sustainable Urbanism.  Wiley.
Fuerst, F. (2009).  Building momentum:  An analysis of investment trends in LEED and Energy Star-certified properties.  Journal of Retail and Leisure Property. Vol. 8 (2009) 285-297.
Kreider, J., Curtiss, P. & Rabl, A. (2010).  Heating and Cooling of Buildings:  Design for Efficiency. Taylor & Francis:  Boca Raton, FL.
Krygiel, E. & Nies, B. (2008).  Green BIM:  Successful Sustainable Design with Building Information Modeling.  Wiley:  Indianapolis
Nidumolu, R., Prahalad, C. & Rangaswami, M. (2009). Why sustainability is now the key driver of innovation.  Harvard Business Review.  Retrieved March 10, 2015 from
Ogle, J., Hyllegard, K. & Dunbar, B. (2004).  Predicting patronage behaviors in a sustainable retail environment.  Environment and Behavior.  Vol. 36 (5) 717-741.
Plevoets, B. & Van Cleempoel, K. (2012).  Creating sustainable retail interiors through the reuse of historic buildings.  Interiors:  Design, Architecture, Culture. Vol. 3 (3) 271-293.

Shareholder vs Stakeholder Theory
Words: 3224 Length: 11 Pages Document Type: Research Paper Paper #: 76323348
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Milton Friedman’s quote gets to the heart of the conflict between shareholder theory vs. stakeholder theory. Shareholder theory posits that a corporation’s sole responsibility is to maximize the return on investment (ROI) for shareholders. Stakeholder theory posits, on the other hand, that a company owes a duty to all stakeholders (not just shareholders)—members of the community, workers, consumers; in short, anyone who is part of or who is impacted in some way by the company. The question is: Do corporations exist only to serve the interests of shareholders or do they also have a responsibility to serve stakeholders as well? This paper will answer that question by looking at the nature and essence of business social responsibility from the standpoint of the four major sources of ethical values in business: Law, Culture, Philosophy, and Religion. It will show that in today’s business environment, stakeholder theory needs to be pursued…