The Corporate Actor model

Jon Birger Skjærseth and Tora Skodvin

in Climate Change and the Oil Industry

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780719065583
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700471 | DOI:
The Corporate Actor model

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This chapter explores the explanatory power of the approach this book has labelled the Corporate Actor (CA) model in accounting for the differences in the climate change strategies adopted by the oil companies in this study. It explains that the CA model suggests that differences in the companies' climate strategy choice are explained by differences in the companies themselves. This chapter analyses three company-specific factors that may have an impact on strategy choice in relation to an issue such as climate change. These include the environmental risk associated with current and future corporate operations, the company's capacity for organisational learning, and the environmental reputation of the company.

Keywords: CA model; climate change strategies; oil companies; environmental risk; organisational learning; environmental reputation

Chapter.  9823 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environment

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