A matter of time: the temporal perspectives of organizational responses to climate change

Natalie Slawinski, Pratima Bansal

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Prior research often categorizes corporate environmental responses on a spectrum that ranges from reactive to proactive. Such research subordinates the role of time, yet time is central to organizational responses to environmental issues such as climate change. In this paper, we study five oil and gas firms and inductively develop a framework of corporate responses to climate change that explicitly acknowledges the role of time. The framework identifies two categories of corporate responses grounded in different temporal perspectives: focused and integrated. We discuss the implications of this categorization for research on corporate environmentalism and time in organizational theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1537-1563
Number of pages27
JournalOrganization Studies
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • case studies
  • climate change
  • corporate environmentalism
  • organizational time

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