Special Issue "People—the Next Sustainability Frontier"
A special issue of Merits (ISSN 2673-8104).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 1256
2. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA 02215, USA
Interests: transformational leadership; governance models; sustainability for a just transition; change management; change agency; empowerment; social networks; stakeholder engagement; radical collaboration; higher education
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We are pleased to invite you to contribute to this Merits Special Issue, “People—the Next Sustainability Frontier”.
People, planet, and shared prosperity—the three pillars of sustainability. While matters relating to the environment dominate the research narrative given the climate crisis, there is an urgent need to consider people as the next sustainability frontier. Mitigation and adaptation efforts and a focus on effecting a just transition demand new social and governance models that are able to deliver change. In turn, new leadership attributes, competencies, and behaviors are called for. Institutions and organizations do not change—people do!
The recent COVID-19 pandemic revealed new facets of humanity at work and how trust fuels worker engagement and productivity. Leaders emerged at every level, displaying humility and empathy, and focused on creating workplaces where people could thrive. A sense of shared purpose enabled people to meet a global adaptive challenge and develop new capacities and skills. As the Sustainable Development Goals point the way to creating a world that leaves no one behind, Merits seeks to capture the leading research in the field of people and work and the move from an employer-led to employee-led work force. As the recent Merits Editorial made clear, people matter!
This Merits Special Issue, “People—the Next Sustainability Frontier”, invites researchers to share their studies, insights, and considered views through Merits to illustrate how business and organizations can enable people to reach their full potential and address the fierce urgency of global sustainability challenges through their work and wider community efforts. Means to creating an environment where people can flourish at work calls for new models and frameworks across the board, from job design and performance metrics to talent management and succession planning, and everything in between. Equity is a foundational sustainability construct that, in regard to work, needs to support people in being their authentic self. A more just, equitable, and sustainable future relies on people in private, public, and plural organizations to facilitate these global shifts.
In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Adaptive leadership;
- Advancing equity and belonging;
- Corporate social innovation/responsibility;
- Creating and sustaining more inclusive workplaces;
- Employee engagement;
- Flourishing at work;
- Governance models and frameworks;
- Leadership of change;
- Partnership working;
- Performance and productivity;
- Public–private–plural partnerships;
- Shared value creation;
- Social networks and hierarchy;
- Sustainability and worker health;
- Sustainability leadership.
I look forward to receiving your contributions.
Prof. Dr. Wendy M. Purcell
Manuscript Submission Information
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- job performance
- human resources
- change management
- people at work
- equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging