JOURNAL OF STRATEGIC INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY
The Value of an Ecosystem-Based Approach to Organizational Sustainability:
The Case of a Hybrid Sports-Based Youth Development Social Venture in the US South
Author(s): Anna Monhartova, Laura Murphy
Citation: Anna Monhartova, Laura Murphy, (2021) "The Value of an Ecosystem-Based Approach to Organizational Sustainability: The Case of a Hybrid Sports-Based Youth Development Social Venture in the US South," Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability, Vol. 16, Iss. 1, pp. 45-59
Article Type: Research paper
Publisher: North American Business Press
This article explores complexity-thinking, non-linear-based models for non-profit entities aiming to create a systemic change. It applies an ‘enriched’, ecosystems approach that accounts for non-linear inputsoutputs, tipping points, dynamic contexts, and human, non-human, and institutional actors, capturing the various relationships and their multi-directional characteristics. It introduces additional factors, such as feedback loops and emergent changes, that can allow an organization to find new strategies towards sustainability and social impact. We apply this ecosystem model to social entrepreneurial organizations operating in the field of sports-based youth development via the case of A’s & Aces, drawing from firsthand experience and organizational data.