Climate change policy in Australia: Organisational responses and influences

Herbohn, Kathleen, Dargusch, Paul and Herbohn, John (2012) Climate change policy in Australia: Organisational responses and influences. Australian Accounting Review, 22 2: 208-222. doi:10.1111/j.1835-2561.2012.00171.x

Author Herbohn, Kathleen
Dargusch, Paul
Herbohn, John
Title Climate change policy in Australia: Organisational responses and influences
Journal name Australian Accounting Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-6908
Publication date 2012-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1835-2561.2012.00171.x
Open Access Status
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 208
End page 222
Total pages 15
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This paper uses a case study approach to examine (a) the nature of organisational responses to climate change policy using the Kolk and Pinkse (2004, 2005) typology; and (b) key drivers for action on climate change. We find evidence consistent with the evolution of responses from setting emission targets (cautious planners, emergent planners) to process innovation and product development (internal explorers). The exception to such linear development is horizontal explorers, who explore competitive opportunities in markets outside their current business. Key drivers for action include managerial perceptions of business opportunities, product differentiation and an implicit regard for the environment. Major impediments include uncertainty about the detail of climate change policy and managerial perceptions of business risk. At present, the intended strategic trading behaviour of the case organisations is best described as muted. However, the national institutional environment of which a liberal market economy and a carbon service industry are key, appear conducive to the future acceptance and active adoption of emissions trading in Australia.
Keyword Emission rights
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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