This study aims to explain the process through which organizations adopt practices that are congruent with the need for sustainability of the world to support the existence of economic, social, and environmental systems for future generations. The study used grounded theory for data collection and analysis. Seven organizations that varied by industry, type, size, and number of years in operation participated in this study, representing industries from manufacturing, financial services, education, government, community organizations, faith-based organizations, and consumer products from Northwest Pennsylvania. The data analysis was qualitative in nature. Results from open, axial, and selective coding produced six main categories: sustainability definition/meaning, sustainability practices, sustainability mechanisms, sustainability barriers, sustainability factors, and sustainability learning to-date. Implications of study and future research are discussed.
|Commitee:||Kingston, Cathleen, Miller, Joyce|
|Department:||Organizational Learning and Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Organization Theory, Sustainability, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Grounded theory, Northwest pennsylvania, Organizational sustainability, Sustainability, Sustainability practices, Sustainability thinking|
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