Adaptive Sustainable Enterprises: Interweaving the Deliberate and Emergent

By Gabrielle Peko, Jim Danenberg and David Sundaram.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice

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Enterprises that want to compete in the dynamic markets of today need to be able to respond to the ever-increasing rates of change. At the same time, enterprises strive to be ever more sustainable in terms of economic, environmental, and societal concerns. Enterprises are being challenged at all levels to meet the demands for sustainability and in a manner that can handle the complexity that is present. In this paper, we seek to determine the extent to which enterprises need to integrate sustainability objectives with adaptive approaches to manage complexity and uncertainty. The overarching objective of the research is to explore how an enterprise can become both adaptive and sustainable by interweaving the deliberate and emergent in the context of strategy, process, organisation and systems. This research seeks to model and develop several artefacts which assist with responses to complexity and uncertainty while also supporting goals of sustainability.

Keywords: Adaptive, Sustainable, Strategy, Process, Oganisation, Systems

The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.15-27. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 635.896KB).

Gabrielle Peko

Lecturer, Information Systems and Operations Management, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Gabrielle Peko is a Lecturer at the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, the University of Auckland Business School. Her research interests include sustainable adaptive enterprises, adaptive business networks, business process design, online social networking and collaboration systems.

Jim Danenberg

Lecturer, Information Systems and Operations Management, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Jim Danenberg is a lecturer at the University of Auckland. He earned a Masters in Engineering Management and an MBA from Western Michigan University (WMU). At WMU he lectured for 6 years while also earning a PhD in Sci Ed (ABD) at the Mallison Institute for Science Education. Jim is keen on high-tech entrepreneurial strategies, building synergy among sustainability, strategic alliances and social networking systems. Jim has retained a Project Management Professional (PMP) credentials since 2001 and has a decade of Mechanical and Electrical Product Design experience. Jim has traveled extensively with the WMU study abroad program.

Dr. David Sundaram

Associate Professor, Information Systems and Operations Management, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

David Sundaram is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management at the University of Auckland. He has varied academic (B.E. in Electronics & Communications, PG Dip in Industrial Engineering, and Ph.D. in Management Science & Information Systems) as well as work (systems analysis, design, consulting, teaching, and research) background. His primary research interests include the 1) Design and Implementation of flexible and evolvable Information and Decision Systems; 2) Process, Information, and Decision Modelling; 3) Triple Bottom Line Modelling and Reporting; and 4) Enterprise Service Oriented Architectures.