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Leading Sustainable Change: An Organizational Perspective

Rebecca Henderson, Ranjay Gulati, and Michael Tushman


Our civilization is in trouble. We have already overshot the carrying capacity of the Earth, while population and economic growth are rapidly expanding our impact. Meeting the legitimate aspirations of billions to rise out of poverty while reducing our global footprint to sustainable levels is the defining issue of our times—and it is one that can only be addressed with the active participation of the private sector. But change is hard. The business case for environmental sustainability is becoming increasingly compelling—but persuading well-established organizations to act in new ways is neve ... More

Keywords: environmental sustainability, innovation, leaders, leadership, organizational change

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198704072
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Henderson, editor
John & Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard Business School

Ranjay Gulati, editor
Jaime and Josephina Chua Tiampo Professor, Harvard Business School

Michael Tushman, editor
Paul R. Lawrence, MBA Class of 1942 Professor, Harvard Business School

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Part I Introduction

1 Leading Sustainable Change

Rebecca Henderson, Ranjay Gulati, and Michael Tushman

Part II The Big Picture

4 From Periphery to Core

Luciana Silvestri and Ranjay Gulati

Part III The Role of the Senior Team

6 Staying the Same While Changing

Mary Ann Glynn, Christi Lockwood, and Ryan Raffaelli

8 Chief Sustainability Officers

Kathleen Miller Perkins and George Serafeim

Part IV Exploring the Processes of Change

9 Two Roads to Green

Deborah Ancona, Elaine Backman, and Kate Isaacs

10 Leading Proactive Punctuated Change

Michael Tushman, Charles A. O’Reilly, and Bruce Harreld

Part V Leading Change in the Broader System

11 The Role of Multiplier Firms and Megaprojects in Leading Change for Sustainability

Amy C. Edmondson, Martine Haas, John Macomber, and Tiona Zuzul

13 Sustainability and Organizational Change

Royston Greenwood, P. Devereaux Jennings, and Bob Hinings

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