Integrating Elements of Corporate Sustainability: Leadership, Change and Adaptive Management
This paper analyses the synergies and tensions between elements of organisational sustainability. We explore the challenges that achieving an integrated and practicable understanding of corporate sustainability poses for change agents and outline the change strategies and skills sets required to manage the tensions and maximise the synergies. We examine the notion of adaptive management and identify the issues it poses for the modern bureaucratic corporation seeking to embrace a sustainability agenda. We then consider the leadership qualities required to influence, inspire and implement sustainable change arguing that traditional heroic models of leadership do not easily lend themselves to its implementation. We consider suggestions that more feminized leadership styles associated with values-based rationality may be more likely to support these changes and conclude that leaders who embrace diversity will foster the new knowledge required to build sustainable value for all stakeholders.
Keywords: Stakeholders, Corporate Sustainability, Change Strategies, Adaptive Management, Leadership Styles, Human and Environmental Sustainability
Dr. Suzanne Benn
Senior Lecturer, School of Management, Faculty of Business, University of Technology, Sydney
Head of School, School of Management, Faculty of Business, University of Technology, Sydney
Anne researches and publishes in the areas of gender and organisation theory, organisational sustainability and change and new forms of leadership. She has recently completed an ARC funded project, Senior Women Executives and the Cultures of Management, the results of which received widespread mainstream media coverage.