Sustainability & Organizational Change

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The Change Leadership Sustainability Demands

Sustainability initiatives can’t be driven through an organization the way other changes can. The authors’ research indicates that successful sustainability initiatives tend to evolve through three distinct phases. Phase 1 involves making the case for change, Phase 2 entails translating vision into action and Phase 3 is about expanding boundaries. Each stage requires different organizational capabilities and leadership competencies.

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The Business of Sustainability

How worried are executives and other stakeholders about the impact of sustainability efforts on the corporate bottom line? What if anything are companies doing to capitalize on sustainability? What strategies are they pursuing? To answer these questions, MIT Sloan Management Review and The BCG Consulting Group began, in 2009, a survey-based research project. This report discusses these early findings.

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What Is Sustainability?

Sustainability is the idea that systems — including natural and human ones — need to be regenerative and balanced in order to last. We believe that that means all kinds of systems: economic, environmental, societal, and personal. The sustainability question is: How can we design and build a world in which the Earth thrives and people can pursue flourishing lives?

Collaborating for Systemic Change

Meeting the sustainability challenge will require the kind of cross-sector collaboration for which there is still no real precedent. It must be co-created by various stakeholders by interweaving work in three realms: the conceptual, the relational and the action-driven.

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