This Title All WIREs
How to cite this WIREs title:
WIREs Clim Change
Impact Factor: 7.385

Adaptation to climate change by organizations

Full article on Wiley Online Library:   HTML PDF

Can't access this content? Tell your librarian.

Abstract Organizations will be central actors in societal adaptation to climate variability and change. But highly simplified assumptions are often made about the response of organizations to the stimulus of perceived or experienced climate change. This paper reviews recent literature, arguing that three approaches are applied in studies of organizational adaptation: utility‐maximizing, behavioral, and institutional approaches. The paper argues that adaptive responses by organizations are conditioned by the processes of perception, evaluation, enactment, and learning by organizations. Organizational adaptation involves adjustments in each of these processes. The extent to which adaptive measures are taken by organizations will be influenced both by endogenous factors, such as the capability to innovate and attitudes to risk, as well as by the external economic and institutional context. Willingness to exercise available adaptation options will vary between organizations. Evidence of organizational adaptation from case studies and meta‐analyses is reviewed. WIREs Clim Change 2012, 3:91–106. doi: 10.1002/wcc.154 This article is categorized under: Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change > Institutions for Adaptation

Related Articles

Institutions and policy processes: the means to the ends of adaptation

Browse by Topic

Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change > Institutions for Adaptation

Access to this WIREs title is by subscription only.

Recommend to Your
Librarian Now!

The latest WIREs articles in your inbox

Sign Up for Article Alerts