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The influence of institutional pressures on climate mitigation and adaptation strategies

Daddi, T; Bleischwitz, R; Todaro, NM; Gusmerotti, NM; De Giacomo, MR; (2020) The influence of institutional pressures on climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Journal of Cleaner Production , 244 , Article 118879. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118879. Green open access

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Abstract

Starting from institutional theory, this study aims to explore the effects of coercive, normative and mimetic pressures on businesses climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. In order to test these hypotheses, the study relies on an econometric model by using data from 487 Italian manufacturing companies collected by a questionnaire-based survey. The empirical model based on a multivariate regression reveals that companies which perceive normative and mimetic pressures are more likely to have a higher climate change sensitivity. Moreover, companies with a higher climate change sensitivity are more likely to adopt both mitigation and adaptation strategies. The article provides several contributions. First the study contributes to the debate among institutional scholars by clarifying which institutional pressures exert a more incisive effect on pushing companies to adopt climate actions. Second, it highlights how internal factors play a mediating role between institutional pressures and business climate responses.

Type: Article
Title: The influence of institutional pressures on climate mitigation and adaptation strategies
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118879
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118879
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: isomorphic pressures, institutional pressures, climate change sensitivity, survey
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10085729
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