The effect of environmental issues on the organizational environment of Icelandic firms: a doctoral research proposal
Environmental issues have gained central prominence in both global and local debates in the last few decades. This intensified focus is no surprise as global environmental challenges are mounting and, in the words of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) “have already begun to undermine the foundation for growth and development” (OECD, 2015, p.2). Growing environmental concerns, as well as, public pressure and tighter regulations pose risks as well as opportunities to businesses today. Our highly interconnected economic and social systems translate to environmental issues in one country often affecting businesses in other countries. Icelandic businesses are not necessarily insulated from these effects.
This research project aims to thoroughly review the literature on environmental issues and how they affect businesses in general in the Western world. It will then focus specifically on the organizational environment of Icelandic businesses and how it is affected by environmental issues – both directly and indirectly. This will require three interrelated avenues of investigation: first, the physical environmental changes that the world and Iceland is undergoing and their specific effects on the organizational environment of businesses in Iceland. Second, the ways by which the increased focus on environmental issues can affect the organizational environment through regulatory, resource, market and social avenues. And, third, what responses can be expected from Icelandic firms in light of the above.
In this lecture the author will briefly introduce her doctoral research proposal with the main focus on research gaps, the chosen methodology and some thoughts related to that.