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4th Edition

Organizational Change for Corporate Sustainability

ISBN 9781138665903
Published July 6, 2018 by Routledge
354 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Since this classic book was first published in 2003, sustainability has increasingly been accepted as standard business practice for leading corporations, while the science itself has revealed how human activity has become the dominant force influencing irreversible changes in the planetary systems.

The fourth edition of this trailblazing book on corporate sustainability provides new insights into how organizations can transition towards a more responsible way of conducting their business. It charts new thinking on value creation, business models and organizational purpose as the basis of a broader-based transition to a sustainable society. The sustainability phase model has been substantially revised to incorporate emergent approaches in sustainable supply chain management, strategic sustainability, sustainability-oriented innovation and new business models. There is a companion website that contains a range of materials to support learning.

This new edition with the authors’ unified approach to sustainable business reshapes its plan of action to bring about corporate change by drawing in new management theory and practice on strategy-making and leadership, making it core reading for students and researchers of sustainability and business, organizational change and corporate social responsibility.

Table of Contents

Part I: Towards third wave corporations

1 Setting the agenda for corporate sustainability  

2 The drivers of change

Part II: Managing the persistent past: dealing with first wave corporations

3 Compliance and beyond . . . management tools and approaches

Part III: The dominant current reality: understanding and reconstructing second wave corporations

4 Achieving sustainable operational efficiencies

5 Sustainability: the strategic advantage

6 The sustaining corporation

Part IV: Pathways to sustainability: towards third wave corporations

7 Pathways to sustainability

8 Leading towards sustainability

Appendix: The corporate sustainability checklist

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Suzanne Benn is Professor of Sustainable Enterprise in the Management Discipline Group at UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Melissa Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in the Management Discipline Group at UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Tim Williams is a Lecturer in the Management Discipline Group at UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia


"This comprehensive book provides an up-to-date roadmap for companies on their journey to sustainability. The six-phase framework provides insightful ways for leaders and students at all levels to understand where a given company is on that journey. It provides clear guidance on the necessary steps are for moving forward towards the 'idealized sustainability' model to which all enterprise eventually needs to move if businesses are to cope effectively with the many sustainability and other significant global challenges facing them."

Sandra Waddock, Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility and Professor of Management at Boston College, USA