Creating Sustainable Work Systems: Developing Social by Peter Docherty, Mari Kira, A.B. (Rami) Shani

By Peter Docherty, Mari Kira, A.B. (Rami) Shani

Since the 1st version of this ebook was once released, the topic of sustainability has risen to the vanguard of considering in nearly each topic inside of enterprise and administration. Tackling the most recent advancements and integrating sensible views with rigorous study, this new version sheds mild on an important element of operating life.


Current traits demonstrate that expanding depth at paintings has significant outcomes at person, organizational and societal degrees. Sustainability in paintings structures hence calls for a multi-stakeholder procedure, emphasising a value-based option to advertise the concurrent improvement of assorted assets within the paintings approach. This sustainability grows from intertwined person and collective studying techniques occurring inside and among agencies in collaboration.


In exploring the improvement of sustainable paintings structures, this ebook analyzes those difficulties, and offers the foundation for designing and imposing 'sustainable paintings structures' in line with the belief of regeneration and the advance of human and social assets. The authors, who're prime researchers and practitioners from all over the world, ponder the present chances and rising strategies and discover possible choices to in depth paintings systems.

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These continual change processes require management, monitoring, and decision making. We also present examples of methods and tools used to monitor and make decisions on sustainability investments and processes. The following 16 chapters are grouped into four sections. The chapters in the first three sections are based on empirical studies of organizations, often extensive case studies. They describe organizations’ efforts to attain and maintain sustainability. The first part of the book, “Focusing value frameworks,” consists of two chapters, which deal with establishing a clear and distinct value base regarding sustainability in the organization.

Cox (Senge et al. 2007) and the existing sustainability creeds, codes, values, and principles (Edwards 2005) in order to develop a coherent, collaborative vision of the future – a conceptualization that clarifies, reinforces, and strengthens commitment to the core business purpose while simultaneously presenting the aspirations, changes, and progress to be attained in an envisioned future – can be a daunting task. It requires the ability to engage whole systems (Holman et al. 2007) in dialogue and synergistic relationships in such a way that mental models are surfaced and explored, spurring deep personal growth and development; new knowledge, structures, processes, practices, and stories are collaboratively created and shared; and diverse voices and perspectives are heard, leading to transformed relationships, all capable of bringing about a sustainable society (Robért 2002).

The work organization is the basic structural element in the organization. The issue of the design and organization of work is of key importance to realize sustainability at the micro level, for individuals and groups. Our main concern here is people in working life, and the new challenges emerging through the changing nature of work, the changing pressures on organizations from the marketplace, and the changing characteristics of workforce demographics. Handling these issues involves addressing fields of operations at a higher system level than an individual organization.

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