A whole-of-university approach towards sustainability in a research institute: A force-field analysis

Siti Nur Diyana Mahmud, Nurfaradilla Mohd Nasri, Sharifah Intan Sharina Syed Abdullah

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The objective of this paper is to examine the driving and restraining factors to the implementation of a whole-of-university approach towards sustainability in a Malaysian research university. This study was framed in a qualitative paradigm of inquiry that utilised a case study design. The data were derived from semi-structured interviews with 10 experts in sustainability research and teaching in the Malaysian case university. The findings demonstrated that the driving factors for the whole-of-university approach towards sustainability were, i) financial support and ii) lecturers' autonomy. Meanwhile, the resistance to institutional change towards the whole-of-university approach were, the i) lack of accreditation pressure for linking learning to research and campus operation, ii) few co-ordination bodies to support sustainability activities, and iii) non-contextualised learning. The restraining forces outweighed the driving forces. Therefore, the systemic transformation for sustainability is difficult to be enacted in this university context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-134
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change
Volume7
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • Barriers to change
  • Change drivers
  • Education for sustainable development
  • Higher education
  • Organisational change
  • Sustainable higher education

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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A whole-of-university approach towards sustainability in a research institute : A force-field analysis. / Mahmud, Siti Nur Diyana; Nasri, Nurfaradilla Mohd; Abdullah, Sharifah Intan Sharina Syed.

In: International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, Vol. 7, No. 11, 01.01.2019, p. 120-134.

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