Sustainability and organizational change

Authored by: Suzanne Benn , Kate Kearins

The Routledge Companion to Organizational Change

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415556453
eBook ISBN: 9780203810279
Adobe ISBN: 9781136680908

10.4324/9780203810279.ch37

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Abstract

Sustainability is both a contested concept and a social movement of our time. It has different meanings for different people, and is used in a wide variety of contexts, not least in relation to organizations including business. Sustainability is increasingly tied to other concepts such as corporate accountability, responsibility and citizenship. These concepts direct attention to the implication of organizations in wider environmental, social and political as well as economic systems. Business, in particular, is positioned as a key source of problems relating to global unsustainability, and managers of all types of organizations are being tasked with the resolution of such problems.

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