Complexity, Collapse and Large Systems Change

Sandra Waddock, Boston College  2015

Large systems change is arguably needed if the world is to transition from its current unsustainable business-as-usual trajectory toward a socio-political-economic system that creates a sustainable enterprise economy. As the special issue of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship (Issue 58) on Large Systems Change makes clear, such transitions are uncertain and difficult. Further, the collapse of numerous previous human civilizations in the past tells us that system changes are not always in the direction of sustainability. The question we wanted to raise with the special issue is how can we, as participants in the system, begin to bring about change in the direction of sustainability rather than its opposite?

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Sustainable Frontiers: Launch Events

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Unlocking Change for Transforming Business and Technology

Wayne Visser
June 2015, Greenleaf Publishing
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Sustainable Frontiers throws down the gauntlet to business to step up to be the catalyst for a sustainable future. It presents eight keys to unlocking transformational change through leadership, enterprise, innovation, transparency, engagement, responsibility, integration and future-fitness. Far from being another tame review of corporate social responsibility and sustainable business initiatives, the book dispels the myths of sustainability and challenges us to let go of old systems that are failing to deliver economic, social and environmental transformation. It gets to the heart of why the sustainability and CSR movements have failed in the past and offers a new view of how sustainable business practices can shape-shift to make a genuine difference inside and outside organisations.

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Decent Work, Green Jobs and the Sustainable Economy

ILOPeter Poschen, Director of the ILO Enterprises Department and author of Decent Work, Green Jobs and the Sustainable Economy: Solutions for Climate Change and Sustainable Development (Greenleaf Publishing 2015), argues that the world of work has a central role to play in tackling climate change and ensuring a just transition to a green economy.

 

 

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Closing the Gender Gap

Integrating GenderBy PATRICIA M. FLYNN, KEVIN V. CAVANAGH, AND DIANA BILIMORIA

What business schools can do to increase the number of women in the corporate world.

 

 

This article was originally posted in BizEd, on February 26, 2015: see www.bizedmagazine.com/en/archives/2015/2/features/closing-the-gender-gap

The data in this article is based on research highlighted in “Gender Equality in Business Schools: The Elephant in the Room,” a chapter in the newly published book Integrating Gender Equality into Business and Management Education: Lessons Learned and Challenges Remaining (Greenleaf Publishing). It is part of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)/Greenleaf Publishing book series.

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UK launch of Beyond Governments

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Beyond Governments
Making Collective Governance Work – Lessons from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Eddie Rich and Jonas Moberg
June 2015, Greenleaf Publishing

With a Foreword by Clare Short, former Secretary of State for International Development

In a world characterised by globalisation, governments increasingly find themselves unable to govern. Corruption is everywhere, natural resources are being exploited, the environment damaged, markets distorted, and the fight against poverty is often ineffective. Certain challenges cannot be addressed by governments alone. Increasingly, collective governance “beyond governments” is seen as part of the solution, with state and non-state actors working together.

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GSE Research and Greenleaf Publishing partner with the Italian Association for Management Education

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GSE Research and Greenleaf Publishing are proud to be partnering with the Italian Association for Management Education (ASFOR) to launch the ASFOR Annual Case Writing Competition.

The competition aims to enhance and promote the case study method as an educational tool in management, and to help disseminate the very best cases internationally through publication.

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Nobody’s Right if Everybody’s Wrong

by Dr. Kathy Miller Perkins

“Something is happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear ”
Lyrics from For What It’s Worth-Buffalo Springfield, 1966

HEADLINES

 Six Officers Charged in Freddie Gray Death[1]

 Public division about climate change rooted in conflicting socio-political identities [2]

MLGAs I was writing the blog this month, I found myself distracted by news headlines that seemed to beg for my attention.  I read the stories of riots in Baltimore over the death while in police custody of, a young black man, Freddie Gray.  Eyewitness accounts differed dramatically on the “facts” of what transpired.  And each witness seemed to have great confidence in the details as he or she described them.

Moreover, I ran across an article on climate change that stated, “U.S. believers and skeptics have distinct social identities, beliefs and emotional reactions that systematically predict their support for action to advance their respective positions.”[3]  The authors argued that communication and education are unlikely to resolve the divide since the opinions are rooted in emotion. They stated, “Interventions that increase angry opposition to action on climate change are especially problematic.”

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