Environmental visibility: A trigger of green organizational response?

Frances E. Bowen

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This paper develops a typology of visibility in an environmental context. Although visibility has been neglected and ill defined in contemporary environmental management research, environmental visibility can be a useful construct for predicting green organizational response. As such, it might prove a useful tool for environmental management researchers, policy-makers and business strategists. The paper derives a conceptual typology of visibility from previous organizational theory research. Visibility is considered both as a characteristic of an organization and as a characteristic of an issue, and at both the corporate and operating unit levels. Data collected in a recent series of interviews in 24 business units in UK PLCs are analysed to provide examples of the types of visibility in an environmental context. The resultant environmental visibility typology is used to discuss the relationship between environmental visibility and green organizational responses. This study's findings suggest that considering environmental visibility as a predictor of green organizational response should be fruitful for future empirical research, and useful for policy-makers and business strategists. Copyright (C) 2000 John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. and ERP Environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-107
Number of pages16
JournalBusiness Strategy and the Environment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000

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