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Constructing GreenThe Social Structures of Sustainability$
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Rebecca L. Henn and Andrew J. Hoffman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019415

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019415.001.0001

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Generativity: Reconceptualizing the Benefits of Green Buildings

Generativity: Reconceptualizing the Benefits of Green Buildings

(p.239) 11 Generativity: Reconceptualizing the Benefits of Green Buildings
Constructing Green

Ronald Fry

Garima Sharma

The MIT Press

What are the benefits of green buildings? How are these benefits generated? Who receives these benefits? This chapter proposes generativity as a possible benefit. It describes it as the organization's potential to produce enduring, expansive, and transformative consequences. In doing so, the chapter integrates perspectives from positive organizational scholarship—a framework that focuses on organizational dynamics that create positive states of functioning—and appreciative inquiry—a methodology that focuses on the search for the positive core of organizations—to suggest that green building can generate “microfoundations” of higher order capability-building and capacity-enhancing dynamics within organizations.

Keywords:   green buildings, microfoundations, capability-building dynamics, capacity-enhancing dynamics

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