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Grounded Theory of Adoption of Sustainability Thinking and Practices by Organizations
by Bogatova, Tatiana, Ph.D., Gannon University, 2017, 110; 10636579
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Barker, David
Commitee: Kingston, Cathleen, Miller, Joyce
School: Gannon University
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
Publication Number: 10636579
ISBN: 978-0-355-34748-7
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