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Reimagining Sustainable Organization

Perspectives on Arts, Design, Leadership, Knowledge and Project Management

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Builds on a solid foundation of business philosophy theory

  • Illustrates academic points with a rich array of practice based examples

  • Explores how green management and leadership theories can be developed and spread

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: Perspectives on Reimagining Sustainable Organization

    • Birgit Helene Jevnaker, Johan Olaisen
    Pages 1-27Open Access
  3. Facing the Unknown

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 29-29
    2. Travelling Leadership Ideas as a Business Virus

      • Birgit Helene Jevnaker, Johan Olaisen
      Pages 31-54Open Access
    3. Possibilities and Missing Links in Management Research: What We Do Not Know That We Know

      • Birgit Helene Jevnaker, Johan Olaisen
      Pages 55-71Open Access
  4. Looking for Productive Practices in Real-Life Organization

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 73-73
    2. Management as Power and Politics in Projects

      • Birgit Helene Jevnaker, Johan Olaisen
      Pages 75-92Open Access
    3. Leading for Eco-Effective Business Design: Co-creating Sustainability Development

      • Birgit Helene Jevnaker, Johan Olaisen
      Pages 111-134Open Access
  5. Advancing Theory and Practice

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 135-135
    2. The Future of Knowledge Work: Working Smarter and Greener in the Age of Digitalization

      • Birgit Helene Jevnaker, Johan Olaisen
      Pages 137-156Open Access
    3. Towards the Dynamic Arts of Reimagining Sustainable Organization

      • Birgit Helene Jevnaker, Johan Olaisen
      Pages 157-178Open Access
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 179-188

About this book

This open access book reimagines a deeper sustainability in dynamic organization. Offering multiple perspectives on arts, design thinking, leadership, knowledge and project management, Reimagining Sustainable Organization addresses our need for thinking and coping differently when facing the many unknowns of real-life enterprises in society.

Drawing on process philosophy, real-world case studies, and examinations of business practices as well as management research, the authors explore knowledge creation towards reimagining sustainable organization. The book includes frameworks and conceptual tools as well as insights for further explorations. 

This book will be of interests to students, scholars and teachers, and practitioners who are studying sustainable organization, greener management, leadership ideas, or knowledge and project management. It covers future pressing issues also for the professionals involved in co-creative work across organizational boundaries.


This is an open access book.


  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of leadership
  • Cocreation
  • knowledge management
  • leadership
  • value creation
  • Open Access


“This book offers students and managers a rich conceptual understanding and research-based insights into the opportunities of imagination and organization… an important, approachable contribution elaborating perspectives on research avenues, sustainable design, power and knowledge dynamics in projects, as well as the spread of management ideas for the future.” (Rachel Cooper OBE, Distinguished Professor, Lancaster University UK.) 

“This book offers multiple perspectives on the practices of sustainable organization. The authors highlight the dynamics of knowledge, arts, design thinking, and power to realize complex project work within and between organizations. Sustainable organizations are becoming imperative in contemporary business, and I highly recommend this book to any reader interested in understanding the fundamental dynamics of such organisations.” (Professor Georg von Krogh, Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation, ETH Zurich, Germany)

“Aesthetics constitute an essential dimension of daily work in organizational contexts. Arts and the visual side of organization are more important than ever when dealing with the many unknowns in business and society. Students and practitioners will find in this interesting and fascinating book insights and suggestions for doing their own action research and using rich qualitative methods in their organization studies, as well as the invitation to engage with artful places in order to understand aesthetics, tacit knowledge, and symbolism in organizational life.” (Professor Antonio Strati, University of Trento, Italy, and i3-CRG, IP Paris, France.)

“The book gives an excellent understanding of a reimagination and recreation of leadership and organisational theory written by two outstanding professors travelling less travelled roads. Jevnaker and Olaisen present new perspectives and represent a new school of modernity and futurism based upon truly universal knowledge.” (Professor Jon-Arild Johannessen, Kristiania University College and Nord University, Norway)


Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway

    Birgit Helene Jevnaker, Johan Olaisen

About the authors

Birgit Helene Jevnaker is Professor of Innovation and Economic Organization at BI Norwegian Business School, Norway. Her research focuses on strategic sustainable design, entrepreneurship, innovation and collaboration, organization development, arts, knowledge and learning, and leadership in action.

Johan Olaisen is Professor in Information and Knowledge Management at BI Norwegian Business School, Norway. His research focuses on information and knowledge management, philosophy of science and research, corporations and organizational change, leadership and project management.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Reimagining Sustainable Organization

  • Book Subtitle: Perspectives on Arts, Design, Leadership, Knowledge and Project Management

  • Authors: Birgit Helene Jevnaker, Johan Olaisen

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Management, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-96209-8Published: 19 July 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-96210-4Published: 18 July 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 188

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Corporate Environmental Management, Business Strategy and Leadership, Project Management

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)