Enabling change for corporate sustainability

An integrated perspective

Suzanne Benn, Dexter Dunphy, Andrew Griffiths*

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    This article explores the processes of change that enable corporations to move towards sustainable practices, focusing on the human resource and business strategies that support rather than diminish global ecology and human/social capabilities. We argue that this unified approach is necessary to bring about a change in the interpretation of corporate sustainability and to support the activities of change agents (managers, consultants, and community activists) in managing the massive corporate change needed to move corporations toward sustainable practices in a systematic way. We propose a schema in the form of an integrated phase model for understanding how corporations move from compliance modes to the attainment of strategic sustainability and beyond to the 'ideal' or sustaining corporation. We discuss the leadership of change and the roles and strategies that corporate change agents can employ to bring about both incremental and tramformational change for sustainability.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)156-165
    Number of pages10
    JournalAustralasian Journal of Environmental Management
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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