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Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 301; doi:10.3390/su8040301

An Integrated Diagnostic Framework to Manage Organization Sustainable Growth: An Empirical Case

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School of Civil Engineering, Chang’an University, NO.161, Chang’an Road, Xi’an 710061, China
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Technology Department, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790, USA
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Academic Editor: Giuseppe Ioppolo
Received: 5 January 2016 / Revised: 15 March 2016 / Accepted: 16 March 2016 / Published: 24 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

This research aims to develop a quantitative diagnostic framework by combining the Weisbord six-box model with the growth management model to focus on an organization’s internally driven sustainable management system. The research adopted an instrument developed by Preziosi and an extended Weisbord six-box model. The research employed a survey to collect 180 samples in a Chinese petrol company and applied the comparative method: (a) the average score method; and (b) the entropy method to confirm the growth level of the company. The survey also attempted to identify corresponding top growth influence factors using the obstacle degree formula. The results showed that the integrated diagnostic framework worked well to diagnose a regional but large Chinese petroleum company. In other words, the research successfully quantified the growth position and top influence factors and helped put forward specific suggestions to drive the organization of sustainable development. The method confirmed this organization during the fourth phase of five phases. In addition, top influence factors hindering the internal growth were (a) the lack of task engagement with energy and time; (b) the lack of personal work units; and (c) a poor division of labor for reaching sustainable growth rates. The research provides a generic theoretical framework support to incorporate growth management models into an organizational diagnosis to obtain sustainable growth. It further highlights and practices guidelines in examining actual growth management levels in companies and discusses top influence factors to design efficient management systems to pursue organizational growth in a multitude of industrial contexts. View Full-Text
Keywords: integrated diagnostic framework; organizational diagnosis; change management for sustainability; organizational growth management; entropy method integrated diagnostic framework; organizational diagnosis; change management for sustainability; organizational growth management; entropy method
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Zhang, J.; Schmidt, K.; Li, H. An Integrated Diagnostic Framework to Manage Organization Sustainable Growth: An Empirical Case. Sustainability 2016, 8, 301.

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