Resilience of sustainability-oriented and financially-driven organizations

Abraham Carmeli*, Ari Dothan, Dev Kumar Boojihawon

*Corresponding author for this work

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To answer key questions concerning how negative and positive financial performance gaps motivate organizations to build more resilient systems, we develop a conceptual process model to reveal the process by which financially and sustainability-driven organizations can translate these negative and positive financial performance gaps into organizational resilience. We specify the different modes of search behaviors that these organizations pursue when encountering negative and positive financial performance gaps. We then expand on group engagement model to theorize that vicarious search is likely to encourage limiting behaviors, whereas internal search is likely to foster promotion behaviors. Finally, we explain how both promoting and limiting behaviors can be helpful in improving organizational resilience. In this way, we hope to advance research that connects and integrates relatively disparate realms and, more specifically, to contribute to the sustainability, resilience, and performance feedback literatures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-169
Number of pages16
JournalBusiness Strategy and the Environment
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • learning
  • performance feedback gap
  • resilience
  • search
  • sustainability


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