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Building a green learning organisation: how employee-drive innovation can enable organisational sustainability transitions

Bekar, Beatrice R; (2022) Building a green learning organisation: how employee-drive innovation can enable organisational sustainability transitions. UCL Institute for Global Prosperity: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic is emerging as a window of opportunity, urging governments and organisations worldwide to accelerate the transition towards a green economy. Despite the attempts towards a green transition, transforming current practices and embedding sustainability within daily work routines still presents organisations with major challenges. These are partly due to a traditionally top-down, siloed and reactive approach to sustainability innovation, often emerging from new government regulations, market sanctions, or leadership changes. Such an approach often results in a symbolic adoption of sustainability which fails to create a sense of distributed problem-solving, wasting employees’ innovative potential in delivering substantial social and environmental value. To understand how organisations can prevent such symbolic adoption of sustainability, experts have studied organisational designs that ensure bottom-up innovation processes, continuous learning and resilience. This dissertation investigates how employee-driven innovation (EDI) can be harnessed for organisational sustainability transitions (ST). Through a combination of academic literature and practice-based knowledge gathered across three semi-structured interviews, this qualitative study will explain how EDI can contribute to organisational sustainability transitions and will unpack which factors, mechanisms or processes can initiate such an innovation process.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Building a green learning organisation: how employee-drive innovation can enable organisational sustainability transitions
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/000.wp.10158210
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/igp/publications-1
Language: English
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10158210
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