Environmental sustainability change management in SMEs: learning from sustainability champions

Chadee, Doren and Wiesner, Retha and Roxas, Banjo (2011) Environmental sustainability change management in SMEs: learning from sustainability champions. International Journal of Learning and Change, 5 (3/4). pp. 194-207. ISSN 1740-2875

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Abstract

This study identifies the change management processes involved in undertaking environmental sustainability (ES) initiatives within Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) and relate these to the main attributes of learning organisations. Using case study techniques, the study draws from the change management experiences of a sample of 12 ES champions in different industries. The findings suggest that the ES champions experience four distinct change management stages in undertaking ES initiatives; namely the design, internalise, implement and evaluate stages. Each stage is also found to relate strongly with a number of key characteristics of learning organisations. Overall, the findings suggest that SMEs with strong learning organisation attributes are more likely to be successful in implementing and managing ES change initiatives. The implications of the findings are also discussed.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Retha Wiesner
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2012 01:00
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental sustainability; sustainable development; change management; learning organisations; small and medium-sized enterprises; SMEs; sustainability champions; sustainability initiatives; design stage; internalisation stage; implementation stage; evaluation stage; Queensland; Australia; learning behaviour; change contexts.
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1504/IJLC.2011.045068
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20862

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