Systems-Thinking theory: Decision making for sustainable workplace transformations

Renuka, Thakore, Aino, Kavantera and Whitehall, Graeme (2021) Systems-Thinking theory: Decision making for sustainable workplace transformations. In: ) A Handbook of Management Theories for Office Environments and Services Transdisciplinary Workplace theories. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781003128786


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The transition from the traditional workplace management paradigms to a sustainable management paradigm can be hindered or advanced depending on the societal value perspectives. A deeper understanding of the interrelated consequences on sustainability can improve decision-making and impact on the perceptions of value, which in turn can contribute to advancing the sustainable management paradigm. This, therefore, requires evaluation of attitudes and expectations with regards to workplace management strategies and the mapping of divergent internal and external stakeholders’ perspectives. Systems-thinking presents an opportunity to engage with ‘systems-agents’ to bridge the gap between technological initiatives and existing practices to engender sustainable organisational workplace strategies, through its properties of interconnectedness and comprising of ‘system-components’. Transdisciplinarity is a uniquely capable and necessary approach to address complex and difficult societal problems where there are interactions between human and natural systems at different scales, including time, space, and human institutions. This chapter highlights the benefits of using systems-thinking and a transdisciplinary framework to analyse the dynamics of emerging agile workplace strategies, allowing relevant ‘systems-agents’ to visualise the consequences of workplace management strategies aiding in changes at individual and collective levels. In broad terms, this chapter emphasises a pathway for increasing the success of sustainable transformations.

Item Type: Book Section
Sustainable Development Goals:
Keywords: Sustainable Workplace Transformations Management
Divisions: School of the Built Environment > Research > Sustainable Built Environment & Property Research Centre
Depositing User: Sharon Youngson
Date Deposited: 15 May 2023 15:09
Last Modified: 24 May 2023 12:57

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