An Exploratory Study in Community Perspectives of Sustainability Leadership in the Murray Darling Basin

Christine Harley*, Louise Metcalf, Julia Irwin

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    Abstract

    This article explores the emergence of leadership during implementation of a water saving initiative in the rural community surrounding Barren Box Swamp in the Murray Darling Basin, Australia. Qualitative data analysis indicated that the system elements affecting the type of leadership to emerge included the extent to which the groups were engaged in the process, the level of access to resources, and the level of investment in the outcomes of the project. Although these results reinforced key aspects of complex problem-solving through collaboration, they demonstrated varying degrees and types of both engagement and leadership within the case community. Given the current finding that these varying elements can coincide within one system, this case suggests that each community’s characteristics, resources and context will determine the optimal combination of leadership style and level of collaboration needed to facilitate sustainable community development.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)413-433
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of Business Ethics
    Volume124
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2014

    Keywords

    • Community collaboration
    • Complex systems
    • Leadership emergence
    • Sustainability

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