Note on Climate Change as an Organizational Challenge

by: Andrew Hoffman

Publication Date: April 17, 2019
Length: 10 pages
Product ID#: 1-525-236

Core Disciplines: Leadership/Organizational Behavior, Social Impact, Strategy & Management, Sustainability

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Developing a corporate climate change strategy is more than just a technological and economic challenge. More importantly, it is an organizational and cultural challenge. An effective strategy must focus on diffusing responsibilities for climate action throughout the organization, especially to the departments best able to address it. This conceptual note presents the four phases of the organizational change process and also highlights forms of resistance to change. Students will learn that any company seeking to address climate change must connect the issue to its mission, values and strategy.