Climate Change in the Era of the Anthropocene - An Institutional Analysis

40 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2015

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Andrew John Hoffman

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

P. Devereaux Jennings

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Lianne Lefsrud

University of Alberta - Faculty of Engineering

Date Written: June 2015

Abstract

Recently, many geoscientists have re-conceptualized and re-labelled our current Holocene Era as “the Anthropocene,” a less stable era with biophysical characteristics and processes strongly influenced by human activity. Yet much of the contemporary research done in organizations and the natural environmental (OandNE) theory is around climate change, which is but one of nine inter-connected “planetary boundaries” that mark this new geological epoch. With the goal of aligning institutional theory to address the deeper cultural and ideological issues of the Anthropocene, we examine this disjuncture between climate change and Anthropocene research and offer suggestions for realignment. Of particular interest to this paper is the exploration of (1) field level constituencies that have engaged, not only on climate change, but also on the other domains of the Anthropocene, and (2) the forms of discourse, meaning and framing that take place within each logic community. Empirically, we draw on systematically collected discourse data and consider specific institutional case examples of the ways in which the Anthropocene, in part or in whole, has, is or is not being engaged by various constituencies.

Keywords: Anthropocene, Climate Change, Institutional Theory

Suggested Citation

Hoffman, Andrew John and Jennings, P. Devereaux and Lefsrud, Lianne, Climate Change in the Era of the Anthropocene - An Institutional Analysis (June 2015). Ross School of Business Paper No. 1280. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2619869 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2619869

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P. Devereaux Jennings

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

Lianne Lefsrud

University of Alberta - Faculty of Engineering ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

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