Creating an environmental sustainability profession
The research builds on the view of professions as a ‘shared doing in practice’. The practice is captured through a micro-level institutional perspective, which allows for studying professionalization processes as the institutional work of environmental sustainability professionals as they seek to establish themselves and environmental sustainability practice in the industry.
The research for this thesis is based on a qualitative research design. In-depth interviews with 30 environmental sustainability professionals were conducted, which enabled a more detailed study on what they do in practice and how they have perceived the development of their role.
Three papers are included. The findings show how environmental sustainability professionals have engaged in institutional entrepreneurship and in the creation of an environmental sustainability profession. They do so by adopting different strategies and by creating hybrid institutional logics that they learn to navigate within, depending on the situation and with whom they are interacting. This thesis contributes to both theory and practice. For theory it provides rich empirical examples of professionalization processes of environmental sustainability. For practice, it analyses and problematizes the role, which supports the future development of an environmental sustainability profession.
hybrid institutional logics
environmental sustainability professionals
Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Service Management and Logistics
Reviewing the Role of Sustainability Professionals in Construction
Emerald Reach Proceedings Series,; (2019)p. 393-399
Kapitel i bok
Taking lead for sustainability: Environmental managers as institutional entrepreneurs
How sustainability professionals navigate in the sea of sustainability
Övrig annan samhällsvetenskap
Systemvetenskap, informationssystem och informatik med samhällsvetenskaplig inriktning
Opponent: Christina Claeson-Jonsson