Exploring Holacracy’s Influence on Social Sustainability Through the Lens of Adaptive Capacity
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 HE creditsStudent thesis
The organizational structure of Holacracy has been gaining popularity in recent years,
but a lack of academic research on Holacracy called for a systematic approach to assessing its
merits and shortcomings. The need Holacracy fills, is that of organizations dealing with a
complex world and rapidly evolving technology. While Holacracy is not tailored to address
sustainability issues, there are many components that made it a candidate for the researchers to
examine it through a social sustainability lens.
This study examines the effect of specific components of Holacracy with elements of adaptive
capacity – a theory from which the research definition of social sustainability was built. With
the goal of determining the effect of Holacracy on social sustainability, a questionnaire directed
at employees and practitioners of holacratic organizations was utilized.
The findings implied that Holacracy does positively influence the experience of the elements
of adaptive capacity; with the relationship to the adaptive capacity element of self-organization
being a standout. The importance of trust is also identified. The link to the Framework for
Strategic Sustainable Development can be elucidated through adaptive capacity’s influence to
the social sustainability principles. Because of the importance of social sustainability and social
capital to organizational performance and longevity, this research is of value to any business
using, or considering using Holacracy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1990. , 62 p.
Holacracy, social sustainability, adaptive capacity, organizational structure, FSSD
Other Social Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:bth-12656OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-12656DiVA: diva2:941783
Subject / course
SL2514 Master's Thesis (60 credits) in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
SLASL (Master programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
Robèrt, Karl-Henrik, Dr.