Title: Environmental sustainability change management in SMEs: learning from sustainability champions

Authors: Doren Chadee; Retha Wiesner; Banjo Roxas

Addresses: School of Management and Marketing, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. ' School of Management and Marketing, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, 4350, Australia. ' School of Management and Marketing, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, 4350, Australia

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: environmental sustainability; sustainable development; change management; learning organisations; small and medium-sized enterprises; SMEs; sustainability champions; sustainability initiatives; design stage; internalisation stage; implementation stage; evaluation stage; Queensland; Australia; learning behaviour; change contexts.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLC.2011.045068

International Journal of Learning and Change, 2011 Vol.5 No.3/4, pp.194 - 207

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 18 Jan 2012 *

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