Quotation Delmestri, Giuseppe, Etchanchu, Helen, Bothello, Joel, Habersang, Stefanie, Gutierrez O, Gabriela, Schüßler, Elke. 2021. OS4Future: an academic advocacy movement for our future. In: Personal Sustainability Practices: Faculty Approaches to Walking the Sustainability Talk and Living the UN SDGs, Hrsg. Starik, Mark, Kanashiro, Patricia, 218-229. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.


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OS4Future is an international movement of organization and management scholars that seeks to act on the climate emergency.1 Ours is a movement that complements a larger international group of scholars called Scientists for Future, who support the youth movement Fridays4Future as inspired by the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. OS4Future, founded in 2019, seeks to create and inspire change through a focus on personal and academic activities: research, teaching, practice, and leading by example. Our modus operandi is to “walk the talk” when it comes to sustainability. As organizational scientists, we are in a unique position to offer solutions to tackle societal challenges. We understand the opportunities associated with organizational and institutional transformation, as well as the complexities and challenges at a cognitive and behavioral level. We also benefit from being embedded within business schools; in this capacity, we can help reshape the purpose of business, improve decision-making processes, develop policies, and raise awareness amongst political and business leaders and society at large. Yet at the core of the OS4Future movement is a focus on personal actions that we, as scholars, take towards sustainability. These actions are targeted at SDG 13 (the Sustainable Development Goal on Climate Action) related to strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards, integrating climate change measures into national policies, and improving education, awareness-raising, and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation and adaptation. These actions have symbolic power, where we model the behavioral changes that prefigure a zero-carbon world.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title OS4Future: an academic advocacy movement for our future
Title of whole publication Personal Sustainability Practices: Faculty Approaches to Walking the Sustainability Talk and Living the UN SDGs
Editor Starik, Mark, Kanashiro, Patricia
Page from 218
Page to 229
Location Cheltenham
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
URL https://books.google.de/books?hl=de&lr=&id=6NBCEAAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA218&ots=ce_RG9yLT2&sig=aRzpUyGdfyU0J6YGptVHoyLO4aE#v=onepage&q&f=false
Open Access N

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Delmestri, Giuseppe (Details)
External
Bothello, Joel (Concordia University, Canada)
Etchanchu, Helen (MBS, France)
Gutierrez O, Gabriela (King's College London, United Kingdom)
Habersang, Stefanie (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany)
Schüßler, Elke (JKU Linz, Austria)
Organization
Institute for Change Management and Management Development IN (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5352 Human resource management, personnel management (Details)
5407 Ethics and social sciences (Details)
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