Article

Institutional Pressures and Organizational Characteristics: Implications for Environmental Strategy

Magali A. Delmas and Michael W. Toffel

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/9780199584451.003.0013

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

Institutional Pressures and Organizational Characteristics: Implications for Environmental Strategy

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Business and Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Organizational Theory and Behaviour

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

This article describes the empirical research that examines how pressures from constituents of firms' institutional environments affect their adoption of environmental strategies. Firms can adopt various types of voluntary environmental strategies that seek to decrease the environmental impacts of operations beyond regulatory requirements. Additionally, it differentiates two main sets of agents within the organizational field: market and non-market constituents, and argues that both may impose institutional pressure. It summarizes the empirical evidence that various institutional actors have influenced organizations' environmental practices, focusing on politicians, regulators, local communities, customers, competitors, and shareholders (owners). Market pressures can lead firms to adopt environmental management practices. Empirical research on the interaction between institutional pressures and organizational characteristics is considered. Most prior studies predict and show positive relationships between institutional pressures and the adoption of environmental strategies.

Keywords: institutional pressures; organizational characteristics; institutional environments; environmental strategies; regulators; local communities; customers; competitors; shareholders

Article.  7621 words. 

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

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.