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SMEs’ construction of climate change risks: the role of networks and values

Schaefer, Anja; Williams, Sarah and Blundel, Richard (2011). SMEs’ construction of climate change risks: the role of networks and values. In: SMEs: Moving Towards Sustainable Development, International Conference, 20-22 October, 2011, Montreal, Canada.

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Abstract

In this paper we explore how SME managers’ network relations and values may be related to their construction of climate change (CC) as a business risk and responsibility. The paper takes a social-constructionist approach the topic of small business managers’ understanding and response to climate change risks. From this perspective, the paper investigates how the personal values held by managers, as well as the social structure, and particularly the networks in which they are embedded and participating enable and constrain the way in which they understand and enact climate change risks for their business.

Keywords
Business networks, personal values, climate change, small and medium sized enterprises

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Authors
Extra Information: Organised by: Network for Business Sustainability (NBS)
Keywords: SMEs; climate change; sustainability; business networks, personal values; climate change; small and medium sized enterprises
Academic Unit/Department: Open University Business School
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 29330
Depositing User: Richard Blundel
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 13:26
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 19:36
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29330
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