Business sustainability strategy in a cooperative kibbutz industry

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This article describes the management approach underlying the strategic business sustainability at a kibbutz factory situated in a non-privatized collective community. The business strategy explains the outstanding success of “T Industries”—which ranks as a leading kibbutz enterprise. The research utilized qualitative methods, using deep interviews combined with document analysis. The study found that the strategic management of T Industries comprises three major components: (1) socialist concern for community wellbeing, (2) an external strategy that focuses on expansion and rendering the industry global, with numerous organizational alliances and acquisitions, and (3) an internal strategy that includes self-criticism, professionalism, creativity, and organizational learning. Strategies of the top management have the ability to integrate conflicting methods into their strategy while promoting innovation and originality and can increase economic success and reassure its sustainability for the business and the community.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9172
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number21
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • Business sustainability strategy
  • Kibbutz community
  • Kibbutz industry
  • Organizational change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Building and Construction
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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