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'''Author:''' Miller, T.R., Muñoz-Erickson, T., Redman, C.L.
  
= Author(s) - Thaddeus R. Miller, Tischa Munoz-Erickson and Charles L. Redman = 
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'''Title:''' Transforming knowledge for sustainability: towards adaptive academic institutions
=== Title - Transforming knowledge for sustainability: towards adaptive academic institutions ===
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=== Source - http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1918092&show=abstract ===
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'''Year of Publication:''' 2011
=== Year of Publication - 2011 ===
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=== Abstract ===
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'''Journal:''' International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
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'''Volume:''' 12 '''Issue:''' 2
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'''Source:''' http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14676371111118228
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'''Keywords:''' [[:Category:Change|change]], [[:Category:Equilibrium|equilibrium]], [[:Category:Gestalt Switch|gestalt switch]], [[:Category:Management|management]], [[:Category:Organization|organization]], [[:Category:Qualitative|qualitative]], [[:Category:Remember|remember]], [[:Category:Revolt|revolt]]
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'''Abstract:'''
  
 
'''Purpose –''' The purpose of this paper is to argue that the types of and ways in which academic
 
'''Purpose –''' The purpose of this paper is to argue that the types of and ways in which academic
 
institutions produce knowledge are insufficient to contribute to a transition to sustainability.<br>
 
institutions produce knowledge are insufficient to contribute to a transition to sustainability.<br>
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'''Design/methodology/approach –''' Reflecting on experiences at the School of Sustainability, the
 
'''Design/methodology/approach –''' Reflecting on experiences at the School of Sustainability, the
 
authors contend that a different kind of knowledge is needed, what we call sustainability knowledge.
 
authors contend that a different kind of knowledge is needed, what we call sustainability knowledge.
 
A conceptual approach is taken wherein the authors propose several characteristics of sustainability
 
A conceptual approach is taken wherein the authors propose several characteristics of sustainability
 
knowledge and offer some proposals on how academic institutions must be structured to produce it.<br>
 
knowledge and offer some proposals on how academic institutions must be structured to produce it.<br>
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'''Findings –''' Sustainability knowledge has several characteristics including social robustness,
 
'''Findings –''' Sustainability knowledge has several characteristics including social robustness,
 
recognition of system complexity and uncertainty, acknowledgement of multiple ways of knowing
 
recognition of system complexity and uncertainty, acknowledgement of multiple ways of knowing
 
and the incorporation of normative and ethical premises. In order to produce sustainability knowledge, the knowledge production process itself must be changed to be more adaptive and engaged with society. Two organizing characteristics for institutions seeking to produce such knowledge are proposed – epistemological pluralism and reflexivity. The adaptive cycle from resilience theory is then used as a heuristic to illustrate how these design characteristics play out in making the institution (and individual) more adaptive.<br>
 
and the incorporation of normative and ethical premises. In order to produce sustainability knowledge, the knowledge production process itself must be changed to be more adaptive and engaged with society. Two organizing characteristics for institutions seeking to produce such knowledge are proposed – epistemological pluralism and reflexivity. The adaptive cycle from resilience theory is then used as a heuristic to illustrate how these design characteristics play out in making the institution (and individual) more adaptive.<br>
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'''Practical implications –''' As more academic institutions move to address sustainability, this paper
 
'''Practical implications –''' As more academic institutions move to address sustainability, this paper
 
does not offer a roadmap; rather, it raises important issues that must be addressed in performing
 
does not offer a roadmap; rather, it raises important issues that must be addressed in performing
 
research and education for sustainability.<br>
 
research and education for sustainability.<br>
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'''Originality/value –''' The paper shows that type of knowledge that academia must produce and how it
 
'''Originality/value –''' The paper shows that type of knowledge that academia must produce and how it
 
might produce it are redefined for sustainability problems.<br>
 
might produce it are redefined for sustainability problems.<br>
'''Keywords''' Universities, Knowledge creation, Sustainable development, Adaptability<br> '''Paper type''' Conceptual paper
 
  
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=== Personal Abstract ===  
 
=== Personal Abstract ===  
 
<p>The authors argue that currently generated knowledge is too static for a complex adaptive world and that sustainability and the proliferation of wicked problems present unique challenges to the knowledge-producing and problem-solving capabilities of academia.</p>
 
<p>The authors argue that currently generated knowledge is too static for a complex adaptive world and that sustainability and the proliferation of wicked problems present unique challenges to the knowledge-producing and problem-solving capabilities of academia.</p>
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<p>Also, the article gave me some in my view useful ideas about strategies involving changing cooperation that an organization can employ to encourage the move out of equilibrium (‘K’ face) and into the back loop in order to avoid becoming too rigid.</p>
 
<p>Also, the article gave me some in my view useful ideas about strategies involving changing cooperation that an organization can employ to encourage the move out of equilibrium (‘K’ face) and into the back loop in order to avoid becoming too rigid.</p>
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Revision as of 05:07, 11 May 2013

Author: Miller, T.R., Muñoz-Erickson, T., Redman, C.L.

Title: Transforming knowledge for sustainability: towards adaptive academic institutions

Year of Publication: 2011

Journal: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

Volume: 12 Issue: 2

Source: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14676371111118228

Keywords: change, equilibrium, gestalt switch, management, organization, qualitative, remember, revolt

Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to argue that the types of and ways in which academic institutions produce knowledge are insufficient to contribute to a transition to sustainability.

Design/methodology/approach – Reflecting on experiences at the School of Sustainability, the authors contend that a different kind of knowledge is needed, what we call sustainability knowledge. A conceptual approach is taken wherein the authors propose several characteristics of sustainability knowledge and offer some proposals on how academic institutions must be structured to produce it.

Findings – Sustainability knowledge has several characteristics including social robustness, recognition of system complexity and uncertainty, acknowledgement of multiple ways of knowing and the incorporation of normative and ethical premises. In order to produce sustainability knowledge, the knowledge production process itself must be changed to be more adaptive and engaged with society. Two organizing characteristics for institutions seeking to produce such knowledge are proposed – epistemological pluralism and reflexivity. The adaptive cycle from resilience theory is then used as a heuristic to illustrate how these design characteristics play out in making the institution (and individual) more adaptive.

Practical implications – As more academic institutions move to address sustainability, this paper does not offer a roadmap; rather, it raises important issues that must be addressed in performing research and education for sustainability.

Originality/value – The paper shows that type of knowledge that academia must produce and how it might produce it are redefined for sustainability problems.