The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies provides a comprehensive and timely overview of the field. This volume offers a compendium of perspectives on process thinking, process organizational theory, process research methodology and empirical applications. The emphasis is on a combination of pedagogical contributions and in-depth reviews of current thinking and research in each of the selected areas, combined with the development of agendas for future research. The Handbook is divided into five sections: Part One: Process Philosophy Part Two: Process Theory Part Three: Process Methodology Part Four: Process Applications Part Five: Process Perspectives

Sustainability as Process

Sustainability as Process
Gail WhitemanSteve Kennedy

Introduction

I use the term VUCA to describe the world – volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. It is very difficult for people to get a total picture. The food, water, energy nexus is so inter-related that it is for most people too difficult to know where to start and where to end.

Paul Polman, CEO Unilever (2011)1

Despite growing attention, sustainability ‘problems’ and ‘solutions’ are hard to delineate using simple input-output variance models. Importantly, climate change is only one of the many processes that the Earth depends upon to generate a safe operating space for humanity, all of which are undergoing rapid change (Rockström et al., 2009). In addition, social problems such as hunger, poverty, growing unemployment, and the continuing ...

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