Transforming Organisations towards Sustainable Practices

By Ling Wong and Gayle C. Avery.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper focuses on the change process involved in adopting more sustainable practices within business organisations, adapting John Kotter’s (1995) eight steps in transforming organisations. The process begins with sharing the crisis of urgency regarding damage to the environment, ecology, ethics, and society. The politics involved in change are addressed using top management and powerful support groups, including representatives from diverse stakeholder groups. A clear vision of the future pointing to a sustainable enterprise needs to be created, communicated and shared, and tangible and intangible obstacles that may hinder achieving the vision modified or removed. By identifying and celebrating short-term visible wins as sustainable practices are gradually introduced, people are encouraged to continue the change process to achieve longer-term embedding of sustainable practices into the firm’s systems. At this stage, changes that are more extensive can be introduced, until the final stage is reached where people accept that sustainable practices are a fundamental part of the organisational culture.

Keywords: Sustainable Practices, Change Management

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.397-408. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.149MB).

Ling Wong

Research Associate, Institute for Sustainable Leadership, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW, Australia

Ling Wong is a research associate at the Institute for Sustainable Leadership at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM), Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia where she completed her MBA in 2008. Her research interest is in sustainable leadership, change process, organisational behaviour and sustainability. She has published on sustainable leadership and has extensive management experience in major corporations.

Prof. Gayle C. Avery

Professor, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW, Australia

Professor Gayle Avery heads the Institute for Sustainable Leadership at Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia. At MGSM since 1997, she teaches elective MBA subjects in leadership and takes the annual European Study Tour to Germany and Switzerland to examine best practices in sustainability. She is author of many papers and books on leadership and sustainability, including Leadership for Sustainable Futures and Understanding Leadership. Gayle Avery is consultant to major corporations in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region, and teaches in business schools around the world.

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