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A Learning Organization? Evaluating the University of Canterbury's Strategic Transition toward Sustainability
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
2005 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Institutions of higher educations (IHE), particularly universities, have a significant role to play in the global transformation to socio-ecological sustainability. This study focuses on the strategic planning efforts of one university, the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand where The Natural Step Framework (TNSF) is being used to develop a pan-University Sustainability Plan. Drawing upon the triple helix model of university-government-industry interactions for knowledge creation, and integrating principles of education for sustainable development into strategic organizational learning and change processes within higher education, this study suggests that advocates for sustainability within IHE can use the TNSF to assess institutional barriers and communicate specific opportunities in order to institutionalize strategic sustainable development and promote socio-ecological innovation.

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2005. , 139 p.
Keyword [en]
Sustainability, The Natural Step Framework, Institution of Higher Education, Education for Sustainability, Education for Sustainable Development, Innovation
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-2630Local ID: diva2:829916
Educational program
SLASL (Master programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
Social and Behavioural Science, Law

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Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2005-09-11 Last updated: 2015-11-05Bibliographically approved

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