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Organizational Culture and Environmental Action

Jennifer Howard‐Grenville and Stephanie Bertels

in The Oxford Handbook of Business and the Natural Environment

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199584451
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199584451.003.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Organizational Culture and Environmental Action

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This article addresses the concept of organizational culture. It reviews three main mechanisms through which organizational culture shapes business and environment interactions, with each one reflecting a somewhat different perspective on culture. These mechanisms include culture as shared norms or values, culture as a frame or filter, and culture as a “toolkit”. Culture is emphasized as a continually recreated “web of meaning”. Two main mechanisms connect culture as recreated meaning with organizational actions. The idea of culture as a toolkit has recently gained attention in organizational studies. Changes in an organization's cultural toolkit can in turn lead to the development of new strategies and practices. Finally, it offers some directions of future research related to business and the natural environment (B&NE). A review of the prior B&NE work related to culture reveals that the understanding of the interactions between organizational culture and environmental sustainability is still in its infancy.

Keywords: organizational culture; business; natural environment; cultural toolkit; environmental sustainability

Article.  7805 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Business Ethics

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