Table of contents

  1. Katariina Koistinen, Satu Teerikangas, Mirja Mikkilä, Lassi Linnanen
  2. José G. Vargas-Hernández, Karina Pallagst, Patricia Hammer
  3. Rajesh Buch, Dan O’Neill, Cassandra Lubenow, Mara DeFilippis, Michael Dalrymple
  4. Babak Zahraie, André M. Everett
  5. Parag Rastogi, Radha Sharma
  6. Sukhbir Sandhu, Claudine Soosay, Howard Harris, Hans-Henrik Hvolby, Harpinder Sandhu
  7. Rohana Ulluwishewa
  8. Sachi Arakawa, Sonya Sachdeva, Vivek Shandas
  9. Inés Alegre, Jasmina Berbegal-Mirabent
  10. Francisco J. Rosado-May, Valeria B. Cuevas-Albarrán, Francisco J. Moo-Xix, Jorge Huchin Chan, Judith Cavazos-Arroyo
  11. Helen Kopnina
  12. Elizabeth Gingerich

About this book


This handbook is based on the premise that in order for sustainability to be sustainable, a profound psychological transformation has to take place at the individual and collective level. Focusing on the practice of environmental sustainability, this handbook will explore the application of sustainability in a wide variety of contemporary contexts—from economics of consumption and growth to government policy, sustainable cities, and sustainable planet. The editors believe that the way to achieve sustainable, harmonious living in all spheres is through lived or engaged sustainability at the personal, team, and organizational levels.


It is impossible to separate economic development issues from environment issues. In its most practical aspect, sustainability is about understanding the interconnections among environment, society, and economy. This book aims to provide a comprehensive overview of current theories and approaches in the area of engaged sustainability for academics, researchers and practitioners. Specifically, it will focus on making responsible decisions that will reduce humanity’s negative impact on the environment. While various social and political initiatives for sustainability are welcome, one cannot really enact sustainability into legislative laws. Something has to change fundamentally at the level of a common person in the street.


The Handbook of Engaged Sustainability acknowledges the classic literature, theories and principles in the area of sustainability, but also provides new theories and approaches from global scholars and practitioners in the field. It will also provide a well-structured pedagogical framework with real life case examples.


The aim of this handbook is to expand the reader’s thinking to one of “big-picture awareness” and a “cosmic vision” of sustainability, a vision that extends from our neighborhoods to our communities, to states, countries, globe, galaxy, and envelops the entire Universe! This book will serve as an essential resource for researchers, scholars and students of sustainability, ethics, corporate social responsibility and environmental economics, as well as consultants, business and team leaders, and anyone interested in engaged sustainability. 


Engaged Sustainability Social Sustainability Sustainable Enterprise Conscious Consumption Renewable Energy Public and Private Sector Collaboration Responsible Product Design Ecological Footprints

Editors and affiliations

  • Satinder Dhiman (Editor-in-Chief)
    • 1
  • Joan Marques
    • 2
  1. 1.School of BusinessWoodbury University BurbankUSA
  2. 2.School of BusinessWoodbury University School of BusinessBurbankUSA

About the editors

Satinder Dhiman, PhD, EdD, MBA, MCOM serves as Associate Dean, Chair, and Director of the MBA Program and Professor of Management at Woodbury University’s School of Business.  He holds a PhD in Social Sciences from Tilburg University, Netherlands; a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles; an MBA from West Coast University, Los Angeles; and an MCOM (with the gold medal) from the Panjab University, India. He has also completed advanced Executive Leadership programs at Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton.

Professor Dhiman teaches courses pertaining to ethical leadership, sustainability, organizational behavior & strategy, and spirituality in the workplace in the MBA program. He has authored, co-authored, and co-edited over 17 management, leadership, and accounting related books and research monographs, including, most recently authoring: Holistic Leadership (Palgrave 2017); Gandhi and Leadership (Palgrave 2015), and Seven Habits of Highly Fulfilled People (Personhood 2012); and co-editing and co-authoring, with Dr. Marques, Spirituality and Sustainability (Springer 2016) & Leadership Today (Springer 2016).

He is the Editor-in-Chief of two multi-author Major Reference Works: Springer Handbook of Engaged Sustainability and Palgrave Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Fulfillment and Editor-in-Chief of Palgrave Studies in Workplace Spirituality and Fulfillment and editor Springer Series in Management, Change, Strategy and Positive Leadership. Some of his forthcoming titles include: Leading without Power: A New Model of Highly Fulfilled Leaders; Bhagavad Gītā: A Catalyst for Organizational Transformation (both by Palgrave MacMillan); and Conscious Consumption: Diet, Sustainability and Wellbeing (Routledge, 2019).

Recipient of several national and international professional honors, Professor Dhiman is also the winner of Steve Allen Excellence in Education Award and the prestigious ACBSP International Teacher of the Year Award. He has presented at major international conferences and published research with his colleagues in Journal of Values-Based LeadershipOrganization Development JournalJournal of Management DevelopmentJournal of Social ChangeJournal of Applied Business and Economics, and Performance Improvement. He also serves as Accreditation Mentor and Site Visit Team Leader for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for various universities in America, Canada, Europe, and India.

Professor Dhiman is the Founder-Director of Forever Fulfilled, a Los Angeles-based Wellbeing Consultancy, that focuses on workplace wellness, sustainability, and self-leadership. 

Joan Marques, PhD, EdD, serves as Assistant Dean of Woodbury University’s School of Business, Chair and Director of the BBA Program, and Professor of Management. Her teaching focuses on leadership, ethics, and organizational behavior, and her research interests pertain to the same areas with specific focus on workplace spirituality and leadership awareness. She has been widely published in prestigious scholarly journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Development, Business and Society, Journal of Organizational Analysis, Organization Development Journal, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Journal of Global Responsibility, Journal of Communication Management, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, and many others.
Joan has authored/co-authored/co-edited more than 14 books on management and leadership topics, including Business and Buddhism (2015), in which Buddhism is approached as a leadership psychology, and Leadership and Mindful Behavior Action, Wakefulness (2014), in which she provides directives to leaders to adopt a wakeful mindset and abstain from the sleepwalking mode. She is also the author of Courage in the Twenty-First Century (2013) and The Awakened Leader (2007), and co-author of, among others, Leading Spiritually (2014), Business Administration Education (2012), Laughter is the Best Teacher (2011), Stories to Tell Your OB Students (2011), From Me to We (2011), Managing in the 21st Century (2011), The Workplace and Spirituality (2009), and Spirituality in the Workplace (2007). 

Joan is a co-founder and editor-in-chief of three scholarly journals: The Business Renaissance Quarterly, Journal of Global Business Issues, and Interbeing, Journal of Personal and Professional Mastery. She presents a weekly radio program titled “De Andere Kant” (The Other Side) on Mart Radio, and has been a long-time columnist for De Ware Tijd (The True Times), one of the largest newspapers in Paramaribo, Suriname. More info about Joan Marques is available on her website, 

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