Reflection: The Enabling Component in the Journey towards Sustainability

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Reflection as an activity within the process of experiential learning is integral to building a capacity for sustainability within organisations. This paper reviews the activity of reflection focusing on Argyris & Schon's Model 1 and Model 2 theory where decision making is a values based activity. Taking action for sustainability requires values based decision making. As a result, Argyris & Schon's framework implies that an organisation's capability for sustainability is related to its ability to reflect on the values underlying its decisions. Congruence between the organisation's espoused values and the values underlying its decisions determines its effectiveness in terms of sustainability.

Keywords: Reflection, Decision-making, Values, Sustainability
Stream: Economics and Management
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Michael Aynsley

Affiliation not supplied
Sydney, NSW, Australia

Christopher D. Shuttleworth

Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University
Burwood, NSW, Australia

Prof. Gayle C. Avery

Professor, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University
Macquarie Park, NSW, Australia

Director of the Institute for Sustainable Leadership

Ref: I08P0771