Surprise as a catalyst for including climatic change in the strategic environment

Haigh, Nardia and Griffiths, Andrew (2012) Surprise as a catalyst for including climatic change in the strategic environment. Business and Society, 51 1: 89-120. doi:10.1177/0007650311427425

Author Haigh, Nardia
Griffiths, Andrew
Title Surprise as a catalyst for including climatic change in the strategic environment
Journal name Business and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-6503
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0007650311427425
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 51
Issue 1
Start page 89
End page 120
Total pages 32
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA United States
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Language eng
Subject 3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
1401 Economic Theory
Abstract This article examines what prompted electricity supply organizations to include changing climatic conditions as key elements of the strategic environment. Utilizing themes emerging from inductive analysis, the authors explain how and why surprising climatic events drove the organizations to begin including climate trends in their strategy development and planning processes. Results indicate that organizations were surprised climate was becoming more unpredictable, was directly affecting their operations, and was challenging long-held assumptions about climatic patterns. Our findings suggest that adaptation to climate change occurs predominantly as a reaction to climatic surprise, rather than a preemptive response to increasing awareness, and perceived uncertainty and risks as suggested by previous studies. Results also show that organizations are beginning to conceptually link changes in local climatic conditions to the global issue of climate change; though such linkages are not necessarily important to the inclusion of climate in the strategic environment.
Keyword Adaptation
Climate change
Climatic surprise
Strategic environment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
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