Bringing the natural environment into strategic management: theoretical perspectives and a reassessment of the 'Brent Spar' case
by Dodo zu Knyphausen-Aufseß; Maria Rumpf; Lars Schweizer
International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management (IJSSM), Vol. 3, No. 3, 2012

Abstract: Environmental challenges and their potential implications for corporate strategy are becoming increasingly important in the field of strategic management. Still, the strategic management literature deals with the concept of 'environment' in a rather abstract way. This paper aims at bridging the gap between (rather abstract) discussions of the concept of 'environment' in strategic management literature and the implications for corporate strategy provided by the challenges of the natural environment. We build on different theoretical perspectives, but most importantly on recent developments in systems theory. Thus, our paper contributes to the paradigm discussion in the strategic management field by making a fundamental differentiation between system and environment as a starting point. We reassess the well-known 'Brent Spar' case in order to illustrate our propositions.

Online publication date: Thu, 30-Oct-2014

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