Toward an empirical research agenda for sustainability in higher education: exploring the transition management framework

  • Stephens J
  • Graham A
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Abstract

A large and growing body of research examining sustainability in higher education has emerged in the past decade. This literature is dominated by empirical and descriptive studies of specific approaches and individual initiatives, but lacks a cohesive research agenda and is not yet supported by strong theoretical underpinnings. This paper contributes to the advancement of this emerging field by exploring the theoretical framework of transition management (TM), a multi-scale, multi-actor, process-oriented approach and analytical framework to understand and promote change in social systems. The TM framework provides guidance toward informing and prioritizing future empirical research in this important emerging field. {Â}{©} 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Higher education
  • Organizational change
  • Sustainability
  • TM
  • Transition management

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  • J C Stephens

  • A C Graham

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