Sustainable transformation as we see it, is a journey of fundamental change toward a high-synergy society, integrated economy and flourishing ecosystem, guided by the principles of economic continuity, technological networking, social equity, ecological restoration and personal wholeness.
Our research on sustainable transformation has four pillars:
Positive Futures (the “why?” of the sustainable transformation agenda): Creating a better future (more secure, smart, shared, sustainable and satisfying) by tackling systemic global challenges (including disruption, disconnection, disparity, destruction and discontent).
Integrated Value (the “what?” of the sustainable transformation agenda): Disseminating concepts and measures of value creation (including human, economic, technological, social and natural value) across multiple capitals and implementing them in society as a whole and within organizations.
Meaningful Innovation (the “how?” of the sustainable transformation agenda): Finding creative, scalable solutions for our most urgent social and environmental problems, using innovative strategies, business models, products and services.
Purposeful Leadership (the “who?” of the sustainable transformation agenda): Developing inspiring, transformational leaders who can overcome society’s challenges with a systemic, disruptive, inclusive, sustainable and ethical approach.
We apply insights from these four focus areas to the five elements of the Nexus Economy, i.e. the economic trends and emerging business models relating to resilience, exponential, access, circular and wellbeing economies (see “Solutions” for more information).
The Chair in Sustainable Transformation supports AMS’ long-standing commitment to prepare future leaders to face global challenges and to be a positive force for change through business. This chair in Sustainable Transformation supports this commitment through research, co-creation and development.
Meet Prof. Dr. Wayne Visser
Prof. Dr. Wayne Visser is Professor of Integrated Value and holder of the Chair in Sustainable Transformation at Antwerp Management School. He is also a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Extraordinary Professor of Sustainable Business at the Gordon Institute for Business Science in South Africa. Prof. Dr. Visser is the author of 26 books and 300+ chapters, papers and articles. His work as a “pracademic” has taken him to 74 countries over the last 25 years, including lecturing at 50 universities in 19 countries. In addition to his academic roles, Prof. Dr. Visser is Director of Kaleidoscope Futures and Founder of CSR International. He obtained a PhD in Corporate Social Responsibility at the Nottingham University Business School, having previously served as Director of Sustainability Services for KPMG and Strategy Analyst for Capgemini in South Africa.
Dr Visser has received international recognition for his work in sustainable business, including being listed as a top 100 influencer on Twitter, a top 100 thought leader in trustworthy business behavior and a top 100 global sustainability leader. He also received the Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Award, the Emerald Literati Outstanding Author Contribution Award and the Outstanding Teacher Award of the Warwick MBA. Among his most recent books are The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise, and Sustainable Frontiers: Unlocking Change Through Business, Leadership and Innovation.
Inaugural Lecture Chair Sustainable Transformation
On February 1, 2018 Prof. Dr Wayne Visser held his Inaugural Lecture of the Chair in Sustainable Transformation, titled: Creating Integrated Value: from Systems Thinking to Sustainable Transformation in Business and Society.
Integrated Value: The Aspirational Goal of Purpose-Inspired Organizations
Integrated value has not emerged out of nothing. It acknowledges and builds on preceding pioneering concepts, e.g. Ed Freeman’s stakeholder value (1984), Jed Emerson’s blended value (2000), Stuart Hart’s sustainable value (2011) and Michael Porter’s and Mark Kramer’s shared value (2011). Yet it also distinguishes itself from these concepts.
The focus on value creation is important, since this is a concept that business understands well. The name intuitively conveys that we are talking about strategic practice – something at the heart of an organization’s purpose, rather than a peripheral activity or support function (contrary to CSR and sustainability that seem to be condemned to the periphery, unfortunately). But value for whom? And how do you measure it? This is where integration comes in.