Innovative Approaches to Organisational Sustainability: State-of-the-Art and Conceptual Framework

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Abstract

Organisational Sustainability (OS) has been one of the key research topics in sustainability debates. Organisational approaches that support pathways towards a more sustainable society, such as environmental management and social responsibility instruments, have been widely adopted. However, there are critical gaps in understanding how companies may design strategic pathways, assess alternatives and implement sustainability transitions. Despite multiple theories and methods on how organisations integrate sustainability into their strategies and operations, their efforts to improve sustainability performance still lack effective and consistent results. The main goal of this study is thus to identify key research challenges related with organisational sustainability and develop a conceptual framework to support the implementation of sustainability transitions in organisations. Departing from an in-depth literature review, the proposed conceptual framework supports analysis and implementation of organisational pathways, bringing insights on the key challenges and enablers of innovative long-term solutions. Preliminary results from such analysis point out that organisational sustainability transitions ought to be built in close collaboration with stakeholders, in order to achieve a shared vision of sustainability for the organisation. The pathways towards this vision should then consider the dynamics of the organisational external context and internal factors, such as organisational capabilities, innovation and participatory and systemic assessments of the organisational performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Sustainability Series
PublisherSpringer
Pages37-56
Number of pages20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameWorld Sustainability Series
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Print)2199-7373
ISSN (Electronic)2199-7381

Keywords

  • Conceptual framework
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Meta-review
  • Organisational sustainability

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