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Scrutinizing sustainability change and its institutionalization in organizations
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Management, Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Management. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1441-7555
Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain.
2020 (English)In: Frontiers in SustainabilityArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Organizations (i.e., civil society, corporations, and public sector organizations) havebeen instrumental in driving sustainability. In the last decade, there has been anincreasing interest in organizational sustainability, and an increase of organizationalchange management for sustainability. Although, there have been many effortsaimed at incorporating sustainability in organizations, incorporating, integrating, andinstitutionalizing sustainability in organizations is still under-researched. A survey wasdeveloped for investigating the importance of how sustainability has been embeddedin organizations’ system elements. The survey was sent to a database of 5,299contacts from different organizations worldwide. From the total, 281 useable responses(6.78%) for the organizational change part were obtained. The variables analyzed weremainly ordinal scales, therefore, non-parametric methods were used for the analyses,including descriptive, Friedman test for ranking, and Kruskal Wallis and Wilcoxon testsfor comparisons.More than 90%of the responding organizations have been working withsustainability for more than 5 years. The main driving forces for sustainability have beenmotivated equally by external stimuli and internal factors. The focus on sustainability andrecognition of the impacts that the organization has are fairly aligned. The findings showthat the main areas, from the start and during the changes, have been on governance,management and strategy, and operations and production. The majority of the changeswere effected between six and seven systems elements, which indicates a large degreeof institutionalization. The comparison tests show that the nature of the organization playsa key role for where the sustainability changes start, and how the changes affect systemelements. The research highlights that it inconsequential where sustainability changesstart, as long as sustainability is adopted throughout all the system elements, includinginternal and external stakeholders. Planning sustainability changes must address its fourdimensions holistically, as well as technical, managerial, and organizational issues, andthe organization’s stakeholders.

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Frontiers Media S.A., 2020.
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organizations, sustainability, change management, institutionalization, drivers, impacts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-32320DOI: 10.3389/frsus.2020.00001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-32320DiVA, id: diva2:1430722
Available from: 2020-05-17 Created: 2020-05-17 Last updated: 2020-05-18Bibliographically approved

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