Organizations, Policy and the Natural Environment: Institutional and Strategic Perspectives

Organizations, Policy and the Natural Environment: Institutional and Strategic Perspectives

Organizations, Policy and the Natural Environment: Institutional and Strategic Perspectives

Organizations, Policy and the Natural Environment: Institutional and Strategic Perspectives

Synopsis

A study of environmental policy and corporate environmental behaviour. It has both a theoretical and empirical focus, designed for a two-fold audience - organizational scholars, and environmental scholars interested in management and policy.

Excerpt

The studies in this book show how organizations, including national states, adapt to the pressures and rules of the modern environmental movement, and try to change or manage these rules. Andy Hoffman and Marc Ventresca have put together a most impressive set of studies covering many fronts. Their collaborators discuss the nature of environmental policy pressures and the varied responses of different types of organizations in different types of countries. They are concerned with the conditions under which organizations produce purely symbolic as opposed to more implemented responses, and the attempts of organizations to create and perhaps manipulate the environmental rules under which they are to function.

In the background, and central to the driving forces faced by both modern organizations and the researchers here, is a social movement of great urgency and impact. In the last three or four decades, “the environment” has come to be a main focus of attention in all leading countries and in world society as a whole. Public concern with the topic has a number of properties that make it both powerful and pervasive.

First, environmental concerns are matters both of social organization and of an embedded culture and set of meanings. We talk differently about the air, water, earth, and biosystem than we used to, and perceive many detailed problems and crises. Large numbers of new social organizations arise focusing on these problems: public and private structures that did not exist a few years ago. Local organizations question water quality, national organizations track wildlife declines, and many international organizations call attention to widespread problems (Chapter 2).

Second, the new patterns of talk and organization occur at every level of social life from the most local to the most global. The concerns at each level are often in-

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