Sixteenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations

  • 2016 Special Focus: Climates of Change—Organizations in a Time of Ecological and Social Vulnerability
  • 19–20 April 2016
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, USA

At a Glance...

2

Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.

100+

Delegates from all over the world who attended the Sixteenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations

35

Countries represented.

2016 Special Focus: Climates of Change: Organizations in a Time of Ecological and Social Vulnerability

Organizations function like communities. These communities have internal aspects: the values, behaviors, and culture of the organization itself. And they have external aspects: the embeddedness of the organization as a social actor within the broader context of social life. It is a constant concern for organizations to develop strategies to cope with, lead, or anticipate change. Prominent among today’s concerns are the effects of climate change specifically, naturally occurring and as the product of human action. This phenomenon comes to present a number of challenges within the framework of environmental sustainability. This, in turn, sits within an even broader context that, in the special theme of this year’s conference, we call “Climates of Change”. For business and industry: how do environmental factors affect the bottom line? For the world of nance: what is invested in and what are the environmental rami cations of such investments? For the world of governmental or non-governmental organizations: how do agendas need to be realigned in order to address the diverse ways climate change, environmental factors, and the wider contexts of change affect the life of the organization?

Parallel to our annual thematic streams, this special focus addresses a range of empirical and theoretical questions about organizations in their natural and social environments. What are the measurement indicators and assessment tools of organizational performance in relation to environmental sustainability? What are the leadership opportunities in a time of environmental vulnerability and social uncertainty—internally within organizations and externally as organizations face society? What might be the shape of new modes of leadership exploring opportunities for the development of ethical models of organizational growth and the emergence of new sustainability practices?

Plenary Speakers

The Sixteenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations featured plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Deanna Spooner

Deanna Spooner

Coordinator, Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC), U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Service

"Navigating Change"

Maxine Burkett

Maxine Burkett

Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, USA

"Climate-Induced Migration: Understanding the Global Challenges"

John J. Marra

John J. Marra

NOAA Climate Services Director, Pacific Region, Honolulu, USA

"Generators, Transformers, and Transmitters: Making the Connections to get from Information to Action"

Eileen Shea

Eileen Shea

Senior Advisor, Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO); President, Partnership for Pacific Resilience

"Community-Based Climate Adaptation: Shared Learning and Joint Problem-Solving"

Graduate Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. The 2016 Graduate Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Ntandoyenkosi Sibindi

Ntandoyenkosi Sibindi

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Michelle McLinden

Michelle McLinden

Nuijen Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands

Candy Khan

Candy Khan

University of Alberta, Canada

Tahir Mumtaz Awan

Tahir Mumtaz Awan

Sun Yat-sen Business School, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China

Christopher Hurlburt

Christopher Hurlburt

Roger Williams University, USA