04 Jan Organisational change management for sustainability
Organisational change management concerns the factors that shape and influence processes of change within organisations, while OCM for sustainability (e.g.Lozano, 2008; Lozano, 2014) specifically focuses on organisational changes towards sustainable development. It recognises the frequent need for coordinated change in technology, management systems and organisational cultures. It also recognises the importance of alignment between individual, group and organisation levels when seeking to implement changes (Lozano, 2008). Thus “Long-lasting CS (corporate sustainability) changes require, in addition to changes in mental modes, incremental changes in the organisational structure, operations, management, the development of sustainability visions for the future and proposals how to achieve this” (Lozano, 2012).
Success factors for organisational change relating specifically to sustainability include: organisational culture/organisational values, leadership competencies, economic benefits, fears or aspirations, external influences, awareness and ability to diagnose, existence of visible crisis and alignment with existing budgets (Long et al.,2018). Similar to the assumptions mentioned above, some of these factors relate to the individual-micro level, e.g. leadership competencies, while others relate to the organisational-meso level, e.g. economic benefits. Concerning the meso level, OCM for sustainability literature, in contrast to the general OCM literature, recognises the importance of collaborations for organisational change and of establishing strategic teams or coalitions to achieve common goals (Long et al., 2018; Hamner et al., 2008).
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