Examining the role of internal agents in creating sustainable organisations
|dc.identifier.citation||Brown, B. (2006, June). Examining the role of internal agents in creating sustainable organisations (Thesis). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/1408||en|
|dc.description.abstract||This dissertation seeks to develop a theoretical framework for how concerned individuals within organisations might be able to enhance organisational sustainability. Through initial interaction with the literature of organisational sustainability the dissertation suggests that a range of different interpretations of the concept exist which are typically based upon conflicting philosophical world views. As such, the extent to which the emerging focus on sustainable development is pragmatically realistic is critically evaluated. Based on this discussion the dissertation provides a core meaning of sustainability as representing an agenda of challenging the fundamental assumptions upon which capitalist organisations are based. It is argued that the most effective way that this can occur is through the resisting actions of internal change agents called 'champions for sustainability'. Through an evaluation of the resistance methods available to these agents the dissertation proposes a new kind of change agent called a 'covert champion for sustainability'. It is argued that the covert champion for sustainability can provide a unique form of subtle, everyday resistance that is pragmatically powerful in challenging organisational mores and encouraging sustainability.||en_NZ|
|dc.subject||champions for sustainability||en_NZ|
|dc.subject||covert champion for sustainability||en_NZ|
|dc.subject.lcsh||HD28 Management. Industrial Management||en_NZ|
|dc.subject.lcsh||H Social Sciences (General)||en_NZ|
|dc.subject.lcsh||HD Industries. Land use. Labor||en_NZ|
|dc.subject.lcsh||HD28 Management. Industrial Management||en_NZ|
|dc.subject.lcsh||HD61 Risk Management||en_NZ|
|dc.title||Examining the role of internal agents in creating sustainable organisations||en_NZ|
|thesis.degree.grantor||University of Otago||en_NZ|
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