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Organizational Transformation for Sustainability

An Integral Metatheory

By Mark Edwards

© 2011 – Routledge

276 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

During the 21st century organizations will undergo a level of radical and global change that has rarely been seen before. This transformation will come as a result of the environmental, social and economic challenges that now confront organisations in all their activities. But are our understandings and theories of change up to the task of meeting these challenges? Will we be able to develop sustaining visions of how organizations might contribute to the long-term viability of our interdependent global communities? Organizational Transformation for Sustainability: An Integral Metatheory offers some innovative answers to the big questions involved in organizational sustainability and the radical changes that organizations will need to undergo as we move into the third millennium. This new approach comes from the emerging field of integral metatheory.

Edwards shows how a "Big Picture" view of organisational transformation can contribute to our understanding of, and search for, organisational sustainability. There are four key themes to the book: i) the need for integrative metatheories for organisational change; ii) the development of a general research method for building metatheory; iii) the description of an integral metatheory for organisational sustainability; and iv) the discussion of the implications of this metatheory for organisational change and social policy regarding sustainability. This book brings a unique and important orienting perspective to these issues.


"Once every generation or so, a field-defining scholarly statement appears. Mark Edwards's metatheory for organizational transformation is such a book for the field of organizational change and transformation." - From the Foreword by William R. Torbert, Boston College

"Not only is this an excellent example of scholarship, but a clearly written, well presented treatment of a very complex topic." - Russ Volckman, Integral Leadership Review

Table of Contents

List of Figures. List of Tables. Foreword. Introduction: An Integrative Pluralism 1. The Need for Metatheory in the Study of Organisational Transformation 2. Metatheoretical Domain and Definitions 3. "The View from Somewhere Else": In Defence of Metatheorising 4. Stories of Transformation 5. A General Method for Metatheory Building 6. A Multiparadigm Review and Analysis of Organisational Transformation Theories 7. The Network of Lens Relationships 8. Sustaining Visions: An Integrative Metatheory for Organisational Transformation 9. Metatheoretical Evaluations 10. Towards an Integrative Meta-Studies. Appendices. References. Index

About the Author

Mark Edwards is a registered psychologist with a Masters degree in developmental psychology and a PhD (awarded distinction) in organisation theory from the University of Western Australia. He has worked with people with disabilities for more than 20 years. He currently teaches business ethics at the Business School, University of Western Australia and metatheoretical studies at the John F. Kennedy University in California. His academic publications have been in the areas of futures studies, leadership, management and organisation theory and integral metatheory.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Business Ethics

Originating from both normative and descriptive philosophical backgrounds, business ethics implicitly regulates areas of behaviour which influence decision making, judgment, behaviour and objectives of the leadership and employees of an organization. This series seeks to analyse current and leading edge issues in business ethics, and the titles within it examine and reflect on the philosophy of business, corporations and organizations pertaining to all aspects of business conduct. They are relevant to the conduct of both individuals and organizations as a whole.

Based in academic theory but relevant to current organizational policy, the series welcomes contributions addressing topics including: ethical strategy; sustainable policies and practices; finance and accountability; CSR; employee relations and workers rights; law and regulation; economic and taxation systems.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development