Corporate sustainability and organizational culture

Martina K. Linnenluecke*, Andrew Griffiths

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The concept of corporate sustainability has gained importance in recent years in both organizational theory and practice. While there still exists a lack of clarity on what constitutes corporate sustainability and how to best achieve it, many scholars suggest that the pathway for the adoption of corporate sustainability principles leads via the adoption of a sustainability-oriented organizational culture. In this paper, we provide a closer examination of this suggested link between the cultural orientation of an organization and the pursuit of corporate sustainability principles. Specifically, we seek to assess (1) what constitutes a sustainability-oriented organizational culture, (2) whether it is possible for organizations to display a unified sustainability-oriented organizational culture, and (3) whether organizations can become more sustainable through culture change. Directions and challenges for practical management and future research are identified and outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-366
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of World Business
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • competing values framework
  • corporate sustainability
  • culture change
  • organizational culture

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