Title: Management of environmentally driven change projects

Authors: Anna Sannö; Sasha Shahbazi; Carin Ström; Mats Deleryd; Anders Fundin

Addresses: School of Innovation Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Box 325, SE 631 05 Eskilstuna, Sweden ' School of Innovation Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Box 325, SE 631 05 Eskilstuna, Sweden ' City of Gothenburg, Box 7012, SE 402 31 Göteborg, Sweden ' School of Innovation Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Box 325, SE 631 05 Eskilstuna, Sweden ' School of Innovation Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Box 325, SE 631 05 Eskilstuna, Sweden

Abstract: Industry is a key player in the transition to a more sustainable society. Nevertheless, even though several efforts have been made in practice and in academia, more research is needed in relation to implementing sustainable solutions. Accordingly, the aim of the paper is to understand how manufacturing organisations can develop their operations to improve their way to respond to and manage change projects driven by environmental requirements. A multiple international case study is conducted, including nine case companies. The paper explores how the key factors for managing environmentally driven change can be integrated in the organisation, from the project - the core process - and the cultural perspective. A model is developed that can be used for operations managers to support their strategic planning of environmental change projects.

Keywords: change management; project management; environmental requirements; sustainable development; manufacturing industry; key factors; sustainability; case study; organisational culture; operations management; strategic planning; environmental change.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSE.2016.077417

International Journal of Sustainable Economy, 2016 Vol.8 No.3, pp.189 - 207

Received: 17 Dec 2015
Accepted: 19 Feb 2016

Published online: 08 Jun 2016 *

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