NORMA eResearch @NCI Library

Achieving Sustainability in the Workplace: A Qualitative Exploration from the Perspectives of Facilities Managers

Redmond, David (2022) Achieving Sustainability in the Workplace: A Qualitative Exploration from the Perspectives of Facilities Managers. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

[thumbnail of Master of Business]
PDF (Master of Business)
Download (1MB) | Preview


While the interest around knowledge of FM has flourished noticeably over the last decade. It has been overlooked and understudied in general. Nowadays it is crucial for organisational effectiveness and assist in reaching sustainable development goals. (SDGs). This paper will highlight the strategical importance FM now plays within the sustainability environment and achieving future sustainable goals. For decades sustainability seems to have contradicted through global behaviours and practices. It is apparent academic research and ideologies are ineffective as politics overrides science within today’s society.

Sustainable Development (SD) seems to be a Herculean task and resembles the impossible possibility. Global cohesion within lifestyle, industrial processes and educational aspects need to mirror Pygmalion’s master sculpture Galatea. The author has chosen facilities management for their ability to significantly influence how a new sustainable organisation resembles. The perspective views of several FM professionals will be used to for this research. Throughout this dissertation the researcher will refer to themselves as ‘the author’.

Literature findings
Research findings have identified that FM are well ahead of the sustainability curve with relation to green practices and lowering their carbon footprint. Organisations are now realising the importance the profession brings to strategic goals. Without FM and their innovative mindset, the future of attractiveness organisations may be affected by our new generations. It is not without its own problems though as a multitude of threats are being faced both internally and externally currently testing their skillsets and technical prowess.

The author aims to gather FM perceptions on how sustainability has now become engrained within their workplace positions and the value and obstacles they experience. It will decipher their opinions and identify areas that potentially can be improved.

Relevant academic literature has been used by the author to identify three important research questions. A Qualitative research approach with the use of semi structured interviews scenarios was chosen which were then analysed with thematic analysis. The author has drawn on comparisons and conclusions which assisted with recommendations for improvement and future research. This potentially could contribute to the existing and future academic research on this subject.

The research findings have identified that sustainability is now evolving FM into a new broad, cost-efficient and eco efficient position. It has also unearthed various shortcomings both internally and externally that can hamper the progression to net zero targets. Off the research conducted within the Irish FM environment results show the industry is well advanced with strategic operational green practices. Topics worthy of future research were also unearthed and should warrant discussion.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > Environment
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Business Administration
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2022 10:59
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2022 10:59

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item