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Facilitating organisational change in an organic dairy corporation in Denmark

Christensen, Dorthe and Sriskandarajah, Nadarajah (2005) Facilitating organisational change in an organic dairy corporation in Denmark. Paper at: Researching Sustainable Systems - International Scientific Conference on Organic Agriculture, Adelaide, Australia, September 21-23, 2005. [Unpublished]

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This paper focusses on the notion of sustainable development as the challenge of creating self-referential systems that are continually learning how to persist in a complex and ever-changing environment. Drawing on systems theory and practice, a process of organisational change was facilitated within a small organic dairy that had great difficulties surviving the competition in the contemporary Danish food system. Peter Senge’s discipline of creating a shared vision was incorporated into an experiential learning methodology; here it acted as the major catalyst for the organisational learning and change achieved. The findings imply that in order to survive and create the future that it desires, a small organic processing firm needs to learn to be mentally agile with respect to change and innovation within, as well as outside, its existing boundaries. For this learning to be accomplished, facilitating it with a systemic perspective may be an option available to an organisation.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Organic dairy farming, dairy industry, learning organisation, systems thinking, action research
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2005: 1st ISOFAR Conference > 2005: 1st ISOFAR Conference
Related Links:http://orgprints.org/4013/, http://www.isofar.org/adelaide2005, http://orgprints.org/view/projects/int-conf-isofar-2005.html
Deposited By: ISOFAR,
ID Code:4324
Deposited On:15 Nov 2005
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:30
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:The paper presented here is the final paper submitted by the authors to the conference Researching Sustainable Systems.
The final edited papers are available with the following publication:
Köpke, Ulrich; Niggli, Urs; Neuhoff, Daniel; Cornish, Peter; Lockeretz, Willie und Willer, Helga, (Hrsg.) (2005) Researching Sustainable Systems. Proceedings of the First Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), Held in Cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA), 21 – 23 September 2005, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick, and International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), c/o Institute of Organic Agriculture (IOL), DE-University of Bonn. http://orgprints.org/4013/
Distribution: Paper copies may be ordered from FiBL at a cost of 28 Euros plus mailing costs (see FiBL shop at http://www.fibl.org/shop); FiBL order number 1394. A PDF version is available free of charge for ISOFAR members via the member area of www.isofar.org.

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