Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The ecological world views and post-conventional action logics of global sustainability leaders
by Schein, Steven, Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University, 2014, 120; 3627453
Abstract (Summary)

This is an empirical study of ecological worldviews and action logics of global sustainability leaders. Although a body of research has emerged in recent years focused on corporate sustainability practices at the organizational level, the literature has paid less attention to corporate sustainability at the individual level. As a result, little is known about the deeper psychological motivations of sustainability leaders and how these motivations may influence their behavior and effectiveness as change agents.

This study was based on theoretical insights from several social science disciplines including ecopsychology, integral ecology, environmental sociology, and developmental psychology. Drawing on interviews with 65 leaders in more than 50 multinational corporations, NGOs, and consultancies, the study presents three major propositions that illuminate specific ways that ecological worldviews and action logics are developed and expressed by sustainability leaders. Specific findings include five experiences that shape ecological worldviews over the lifespan and six ways that post-conventional action logics are expressed by sustainability leaders. Findings also include how the complexity of sustainability is driving highly collaborative approaches to leadership. Insights from this research can be integrated into leadership development programs in a wide range of public and private institutions and will be of interest to a range of sustainability scholars, social science researchers, sustainability executives, and social entrepreneurs.

Key Words: Sustainability leader, ecological worldviews, action logics, ecopsychology, developmental theory, new ecological paradigm, ecological self, corporate sustainability.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rogers, Katrina
Commitee: Huffaker, Julie, Jay, Jason, Stevens-Long, Judy, Willis, David Blake
School: Fielding Graduate University
Department: The School of Human and Organization Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 75/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Business administration, Environmental Justice, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Action logics, Ecological worldviews, Ecopsychology, Leadership, Management, Sustainability
Publication Number: 3627453
ISBN: 9781321027204
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