Engaging with environmental stakeholders: Routes to building environmental capabilities in the context of the low carbon economy

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Baranova, Polina and Meadows, Maureen 2017. Engaging with environmental stakeholders: Routes to building environmental capabilities in the context of the low carbon economy. Business Ethics: A European Review. https://doi.org/10.1111/beer.12141
AuthorsBaranova, Polina and Meadows, Maureen
Abstract

The transition to a low carbon economy demands new strategies to enable organizations to take advantage of the potential for “green” growth. An organization's environmental stakeholders can provide opportunities for growth and support the success of its low carbon strategies, as well as potentially acting as a constraint on new initiatives. Building environmental capabilities through engagement with environmental stakeholders is conceptualized as an important aspect for the success of organizational low carbon strategies. We examine capability building across a range of sectors affected by the sustainability agenda, including construction, rail, water, and health care. We identify a number of emergent environmental stakeholders and explore their engagement with the development of environmental capabilities in the context of the transition toward a low carbon economy. Our conceptual framework offers a categorization of environmental stakeholders based on their position in relation to a focal organization and the potential for the development of environmental capabilities.

KeywordsEnvironmental capability; Stakeholder engagement,; Capability building; Stakeholder theory; Resource-based view; Environmental stakeholders
Year2017
JournalBusiness Ethics: A European Review
PublisherWiley
ISSN09628770
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/beer.12141
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621820
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Publication dates18 Jan 2017
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Deposited24 Aug 2017, 11:15
Accepted12 Nov 2016
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ContributorsUniversity of Derby, Coventry University, Strategic Management, Derby Management School, University of Derby; Kedleston Road Derby DE22 1GB UK and Strategic Management, Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University; Priory Street Coventry CV1 5FB UK
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