Quotation Delmestri, Giuseppe. 2021. Panelist at Symposium: The Climate Emergency and Social Evaluations: Constructing a New Research Agenda. AOM, Online, Vereinigte Staaten/USA, 02.08-02.08.




The climate emergency – “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid entially irreversible environmental damage resulting fromit” (Oxford University Press, 2019) – has been described by many, including scientists, politicians, and increasingly also business leaders, as of one the biggest threats facing humanity today (Ripple et al., 2019). Radical actions to counter this emergency are required on all fronts. Yet, such organizational and institutional efforts have been slow to emerge, often given a fear of negative social evaluations of such actions from salient stakeholder groups (Slawinski, et al., 2017). As such, we contend that scholars of social evaluations (Bitektine et al., 2020; Haack & Sieweke, 2020; Roulet, 2020) focusing on topics around legitimacy, reputation, or stigma (Devers et al., 2009), are well positioned to question, examine, and provide potential solutions for some of the challenges organizational and institutional actors will face when engaging to battle the climate emergency. To reflect on and discuss how scholars of social evaluations can contribute to the study of tackling the climate emergency, we have organized a panel symposium featuring leading organizational theorists interested in both social evaluations and climate-related issues. Next to a lively debate, it is our ambition to identify promising avenues for future research in this space as well as ask how we can bring both theory and practice closer together to generate impact.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Panelist at Symposium: The Climate Emergency and Social Evaluations: Constructing a New Research Agenda
Event AOM
Year 2021
Date 02.08-02.08
Country United States/USA
Location Online


Delmestri, Giuseppe (Details)
Institute for Change Management and Management Development IN (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5333 Business management (Details)
5407 Ethics and social sciences (Details)
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