Executives' Engagement with Climate Science and Perceived Need for Business Adaptation to Climate Change

Linnenluecke, Martina K., Griffiths, Andrew and Mumby, Peter J. (2015) Executives' Engagement with Climate Science and Perceived Need for Business Adaptation to Climate Change. Climatic Change, 131 2: 321-333. doi:10.1007/s10584-015-1387-1

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Author Linnenluecke, Martina K.
Griffiths, Andrew
Mumby, Peter J.
Title Executives' Engagement with Climate Science and Perceived Need for Business Adaptation to Climate Change
Journal name Climatic Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0165-0009
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10584-015-1387-1
Open Access Status
Volume 131
Issue 2
Start page 321
End page 333
Total pages 13
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The business community has been frequently criticized for its lack of engagement with climate change, not just in terms of mitigation but increasingly also in terms of adaptation. One reason why executives may not take more decisive action on adaptation is the type of information they rely on for decision-making purposes. From this perspective, executives who engage more with scientific information sources for decision-making purposes would be likely to have a more comprehensive understanding of climate change, and would consequently be more concerned about their company’s vulnerability and adaptation needs. So far, however, there is limited evidence showing that executives’ lack of engagement with scientific information influences their perception that climate change is a serious issue. In this paper, we use survey data collected from 125 executives across the top 500 companies on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX-500) to examine the links between how executives obtain information on climate change and their perceived need for adaptation action. Findings show that executives who report greater engagement with scientific information express greater concern about their company’s vulnerability, which also translates into a greater perceived need for adaptation action. Making scientific information accessible to executives is therefore important for communicating climate science to a business audience.
Keyword Executives
Decision making
Climate change
Climate Science
Australian Stock Exchange
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Tue, 17 Mar 2015, 21:35:29 EST by Dr Martina Linnenluecke on behalf of UQ Business School