The Phenomenon of Climate Change in Organization and HR-Related Literature: A Conceptual Brief Analysis

Open access

Abstract

Climate change has become one of the main challenges facing humanity. Over the past decade, this phenomenon, which may have been caused by natural variability and/or human activity, has attracted many scholars from different scientific disciplines to warn of its potential consequences.

The author of this paper has decided to address the existence of this important phenomenon in organizational literature. However, upon exploring different academic databases, the rarity of research focusing on climate change and its relationship and/or effect on HR or organizational aspects became obvious. Accordingly, the author recommends other HR and organizational scholars devote considerable space to this phenomenon in their field.

Banerjee, S.B. (2003). Who sustains whose development? Sustainable development and the reinvention of nature. Organization studies 24 (1). Pp. 143-180.

Begum, R.A. & Pereira, J.J. (2011). Corporate perceptions of climate change in Malaysia. African journal of business management 5 (11). Pp. 4299-4305.

Begum, R.A. & Pereira, J.J. (2015). The awareness, perception and motivational analysis of climate change and business perspectives in Malaysia. Mitig adapt strategy glob change 20. Pp. 361-370.

Bordia, P., Hobman, E., Jones, E., Gallios, C. & Callon, V. (2004). Uncertainty during organizational change: types, consequences and management strategies. Journal of business and psychology 18 (4).

Deegan, C. (2002). Introduction the legitimizing effect of social and environmental disclosures-a theoretical foundation. Accounting, auditing and accountability journal 15 (3). Pp. 282-311.

Dowling, J. & Pfeffer, J. (1975). Organizational legitimacy societal values and organizational behavior. Pacific sociological review 18 (1). Pp. 122-136.

Ferguson, J., Aguiar, T.R.S.D. & Fearfull, A. (2016). Corporate response to climate change: language, power and symbolic construction. Accounting, auditing & accountability journal 29 (2). Pp. 278-304.

Gonzalez-Gonzalez, J.M. & Zamora-Ramirez, C. (2016). Organizational communication on climate change: the influence of the institutional context and the adoption pattern. International journal of climate change strategies and management 8 (2). Pp. 286-316.

Harrison, J. & Kelly, S. (2009). Perceived environmental uncertainty’s effect on commitment in business-to-business channels. Marketing intelligence and planning 28 (6).

Harrison, J.S. & Bosse, D.A. (2013). How much is too much? The limits to generous treatment of stakeholders. Business horizons 56 (3). Pp. 313-322.

Harrison, J.S., Bosse, D.A. & Phillips, R.A. (2010). Managing for stakeholders, stakeholder utility functions and competitive advantage. Strategic management journal 31. Pp. 58-74.

Hoffman, A.J. (2006). Getting ahead of the curve: corporate strategies that address climate change. Prepared for the Pew center on global climate change. Cited in Okereke, C. 2007. An exploration of motivations, drivers and barriers to carbon management: The UK FTSE 100. European management journal 25 (6). Pp. 475-486.

Hoffmann, V., Sprengel, D., Ziegler, A., Kolb, M. & Abegg, M. (2009). Determinants of corporate adaptation to climate change in winter tourism: an econometric analysis. Global environmental change 19. Pp. 256-264.

Hogner, R.H. (1982). Corporate social reporting: eight decades of development at US steel. Research in corporate performance and policy 4. Pp. 243-250.

Hrasky, S. (2012). Carbon footprints and legitimation strategies: symbolism or action? Accounting, auditing and accountability journal 25 (1). Pp. 174-198.

Kiron, D., Kruschwitz, N., Haanaes, K. & Fuisz-Kehrbach, S.K. (2013). How serious is climate change to business?. MIT Sloan management review 55 (1). Pp. 74-76.

Linnenluecke, M. & Griffiths, A. (2012). Assessing organizational resilience to climate and weather extremes: complexities and methodological pathways. Climatic change 113. Pp. 933-947.

Marquis, C. & Qian, C. (2014). Corporate social responsibility reporting in china: symbol or substance? Organization science 25 (1).pp. 127-148.

Mousa, M. & Abdelgaffar, H.A. (2017). A float over uncertainty and cynicism: an experience from Egypt. Journal of commerce and management thought 8 (3). Pp 508-530.

Mousa, M. & Alas, R. (2016). Uncertainty and organizational commitment: a study on primary public schools’ teachers in Menoufia (Egypt). European Journal of Business and Management 8 (20), 38-47.

Nurunnabi, M. (2016). Who cares about climate change reporting in developing countries? The market response to, and corporate accountability for, climate change in Bangladesh. Environ Dev Sustain 18. Pp. 157-186.

Saba, A., Biasutti, M., Gerrard, M.B. & Lobell, D.B. (2013). Getting ahead of the curve: supporting adaptation to long-term climate change and short-term climate variability alike. CCLR 1. Pp. 3-23.

Spence, C. (2007). Social and environmental reporting and hegemonic discourse. Accounting, auditing and accountability journal 20 (6). Pp. 855-882.

Sullivan, R. (2010). An assessment of the climate change policies and performance of large European companies. Clim pol 10 (1). Pp. 38-50.

Vaara, E., Sorsa, V. & Palli, P. (2010). On the force potential of strategy texts: a critical discourse analysis of a strategic plan and its power effects in a city organization. Organization 17 (6). Pp. 685-702.

Winn, M.I., Kirchgeorg, M., Griffiths, A., Linnenluecke, M. & Gunther, E. (2011). Impacts from climate change on organizations: a conceptual foundations. Business strategy and the environment 20. Pp. 157-173.

Zakaria, M. (2015). Knowledge management and global climate change regime negotiations. Foresight 17 (1). Pp. 53-62.