Social value, organisational learning, and the sustainable development goals in the built environment

Raiden, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-7176-1139 and King, A., 2021. Social value, organisational learning, and the sustainable development goals in the built environment. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 172: 105663. ISSN 0921-3449

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Social value in the built environment refers to the social impact any organisation, project or program in that industry makes to the lives of the stakeholders affected by its activities. Social value is a national/ organisation level practical vehicle for realising the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is particularly relevant in the context of the continued increase in the global development of the built environment through construction and infrastructure projects involving many different stakeholders. We examine clients’, consultant, local authority, and contractors’ social value organisational learning journeys and reveal how they have transformed their systems towards more sustainable production. We also show how their efforts collectively align to achieve social value and thus realise the SDGs beyond what any individual project or initiative would be able to deliver alone. We present a transformative case study of social value in practice, which has a partnership model at its heart, and the potential to inform future methodologies for business and community engagement to improve social outcomes. We demonstrate the considerable organisational learning effort that is made with the aim to achieve a variety of SDGs through a value-based approach to business and interorganisational relations. In our work, it is the contractors who play a central role in bringing together the different influences and managing agency-structure interplay within this social practice. The partnership approach explored in this paper offers a way to ensure more efficient use of resources in the hugely important development of the built environment.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Resources, Conservation and Recycling
Creators: Raiden, A. and King, A.
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Date: September 2021
Volume: 172
ISSN: 0921-3449
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 28 May 2021 15:47
Last Modified: 22 May 2022 03:00

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