The BP Oil Spill as a Cultural Anomaly? Institutional Context, Conflict and Change
Journal of Management Inquiry, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 100-112
37 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2010 Last revised: 29 Jan 2013
Date Written: October 1, 2010
This paper argues that the BP Oil Spill is, potentially, a "cultural anomaly" for institutional changes in environmental management and fossil fuel production. The problem as defined by the spill’s context, the potential solutions provided by the competing logics in that context, and the selection of problem-solution bundles through the fortuitous timing of events and more calculative efforts of institutional entrepreneurs within that context have come close to acting as a catalyst for deeper change; but not quite. For reasons we discuss, true change in our approach to handling issues related to oil drilling, oil consumption and environmental management have yet to occur.
Keywords: Events, institutional change, environmental management, oil spills
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