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date: 15 December 2019

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This chapter explores how increasing pressures for organizations to attend to environmental and social sustainability can shape cultures and climates within these organizations. It reviews the nascent empirical work that directly explores cultures and climates of sustainability and ties it into broader work on culture and climate. The authors uncover several mechanisms through which sustainability issues influence organizational cultures and climates. Although neither exhaustive nor exclusive, these mechanisms can be separated into those that operate through organizational leaders’ “top-down” actions and those that operate through organizational members’ “bottom-up” actions. There remains considerable opportunity for expanding our empirical and theoretical understanding of how sustainability shapes and can infuse organizational culture and climate. Because such an infusion is critical to enabling innovative organizational action on pressing sustainability issues, the authors conclude with suggestions for how to further this important agenda.

Keywords: sustainability, champion, climate, culture, culture change, environment, frame, organizational change, repertoire, triple bottom line

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