Environmental sustainability change management in SMEs : learning from sustainability champions

Chadee, Doren, Wiesner, Retha and Roxas, Banjo 2011, Environmental sustainability change management in SMEs : learning from sustainability champions, International journal of learning and change, vol. 5, no. 3/4, pp. 194-207, doi: 10.1504/IJLC.2011.045068.

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Title Environmental sustainability change management in SMEs : learning from sustainability champions
Author(s) Chadee, DorenORCID iD for Chadee, Doren orcid.org/0000-0001-6745-1891
Wiesner, Retha
Roxas, BanjoORCID iD for Roxas, Banjo orcid.org/0000-0003-3675-0535
Journal name International journal of learning and change
Volume number 5
Issue number 3/4
Start page 194
End page 207
Total pages 14
Publisher Inderscience Publishers
Place of publication Geneva, Switzerland
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1740-2875
Keyword(s) environmental sustainability
sustainable development
change management
learning organisations
small and medium–sized enterprises
sustainability champions
sustainability initiatives
design stage
internalisation stage
implementation stage
evaluation stage
learning behaviour
change contexts
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1504/IJLC.2011.045068
Field of Research 150311 Organisational Behaviour
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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