Implementing Sustainable Practices
As the resources have highlighted, systems thinking can be an excellent tool for promoting sustainability within an organization, but that can only occur if the organization actively and intentionally engages in planning for sustainability such as the organization highlighted in this week’s introduction.
As you review the Learning Resources this week, continue your research in the Walden University Library, and prepare your Discussion posting, contemplate the following.
“Successful companies of the future will be those that integrate business and employees” personal values. The best people want to do work that contributes to society with a company whose values they share, where their actions count and their views matter.”
-Jeroen van der Veer, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell
Consider your own organization. How well does it fit the characteristics described in the quote?
How is this type an organization an example of a sustainable organization? Why?
Note: You do not need to directly answer these points in your Discussion post as they serve only to begin your thinking process; however, you must explain your reasoning as you formulate your formal response.
Now answer a cohesive and scholarly response based on your readings and research this week that addresses the following.
In this week’s resource, Meadows comments on self-organization-an organization’s ability to change itself by creating new structures and behaviors. Moreover, Meadows notes that self-organization is the strongest form of system resilience and sustainability.
For this Discussion, address how each of the following relates to the concept of sustainability and are important from a managerial perspective:
- Leverage points
- Self-limiting behavior
- Closed vs. open systems
Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and any additional sources.
Meadows, D. (2008). Thinking in systems. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing.
Shukla, A., Deshmukh, S., & Kanda, A. (2010). Flexibility and sustainability of supply chains: Are they together? Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management, 11(1), 25-37.
Retrieved from the Business Source Complete database
Senge, P. (2006). The fifth discipline: The art & practice of the learning organization. New York: Doubleday.