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Leading Sustainable ChangeAn Organizational Perspective$
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Rebecca Henderson, Ranjay Gulati, and Michael Tushman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198704072

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704072.001.0001

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

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

(p.273) 11 The Role of Multiplier Firms and Megaprojects in Leading Change for Sustainability
Leading Sustainable Change

Amy C. Edmondson

Martine Haas

John Macomber

Tiona Zuzul

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights the roles of multiplier firms and megaprojects in leading change for sustainability in the built environment. Multiplier firms are organizations that offer on-going sustainability solutions to a range of client organizations. Megaprojects are finite-duration initiatives involving multiple organizations in the delivery of a large-scale development, such as a new ecologically sustainable city. Drawing on illustrative case studies of multiplier firms and megaprojects engaged in sustainability-related initiatives, the chapter also explores the value of learning logic—in contrast to blueprint logic—for leading change. Blueprint logic describes a top-down approach to change that relies on well-developed plans, while learning logic involves experimentation, iteration, and sourcing ideas widely to make progress on complex goals. A learning logic is appropriate for leading change for sustainability, because effective techniques for success are not yet known

Keywords:   blueprint logic, built environment, change, leadership, learning logic, megaprojects, multiplier firms, sustainability

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