Green School Building Success: Innovation through a Flat Team Approach
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With more than 130,000 schools in the United States and 20 percent of the population of school age, green schools have large-scale environmental consequences and also provide numerous benefits supporting the educational mission of school districts. This chapter argues that understanding resistance and developing genuine employee support for organizational change is especially crucial for green building, because ideological disagreements on environmental protection and climate change can plague green building projects with politically charged debate. The chapter'a case study illustrates how reorganization of typically hierarchical organizational command structure into participatory flat teams affects the symbolic and interactional patterns within an organization.