Business palys a key role in international environmental politics. The environmental
impact of firms’ acivities makes them central players in societal responses to
environmental issues (Levy and Newell, 2005).
Multinational companies make their plans according to the global dimentions; in which stage of
the production should be made in which location. For example private water companies, through
their pricing and investment strategies, decide which communities have Access to clean water
and at what cost (Levy and Newell, 2005).
So, business are not just a subject of a regulatory system impozed by the state; rather
business is an intirinsic fabric part of the environmental governance as rulemaker, and
often ruleforcer (Levy and Newell, 2005).
‘Climate Change and the Emergence of
New Organizational Landscapes’
As a result, climate change is not just an environmental problem requiring technical and managerial
solutions; it is a
arena in which a variety of organizations - state agencies, firms,
industry associations, NGOs, and multilateral organizations - engage in contestation as well as
collaboration over evolving regimes of governance (Levy and Egan 2003; Levy and Newell 2005).
There is therefore an urgent need to better comprehend and theorize the transformative impact of
climate change on the organizational landscape.
*****Not same book may be able to use concepts *******More critical and theoretical approaches to understanding the societal
climate change have emerged in other disciplines, including international relations, international
political economy, postcolonialism, geography, and sociology (Banerjee, 2003; Bumpus and
Liverman, 2008; Levy and Egan 2003; Levy and Newell, 2002; Boykoff, 2008). These literatures
have tended to adopt a more diverse set of theoretical perspectives, including discourse analysis,
global governance theory, and Gramscian hegemony.We invite papers that draw from and integrate
these perspectives with more familiar scholarship from management and organization theory.
Conceptualizing global environmental consultancy firms as actors in global
Sofie Bouteligier (University of Leuven, Belgium)
Paper presented at the 2009 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of
Global Environmental Change. December 2‐4.
Architecture, Panel 1: Architecture and Agency beyond the State
Today, private companies are conceptualized as political actors in global environmental
Throughout the past decades, the key international summits on the environment
(Stockholm, Rio and Johannesburg) incrementally put greater emphasis on the role and
responsibilities of business in environmental governance (Morgera 2004). Private
actors needed to rethink their contribution to environmental protection and they
adapted their attitudes from a reactive approach in the 1960s and 1970s (e.g. cleaning
up pollution and environmental damage they had caused) to a more proactive strategy