Climate impact, institutional context and national climate change adaptation innovation rates




Inizio: Apr 4 | 12:15 pm

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Via Lambruschini, 4B 20156 Milano MI

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Building BL26/B – Room 0.19 (ground floor)
Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering
Via R. Lambruschini, 4/B


Jonathan Doh
Villanova School of Business, USA



Management, entrepreneurship, and innovation scholars are increasingly being asked to consider society’s ‘grand challenges’, perhaps most notably the issue of climate change.
To date, most climate-change research in these fields has focused on climate change mitigation, giving limited attention to climate change adaptation and the innovation that will be necessary to make it effective. We expand research on this topic by studying how climate impact drives climate change adaptation innovation in heterogeneous ways across national institutional environments. We draw on the attention-based view to argue that climate impacts redirect managerial attention to the disruptive potential of climate change and spur firms to pursue this form of innovation. We also explain how formal and informal institutions can condition this effect as managerial attention to innovation opportunities is structured by salient regulations and norms. Our results confirm our predictions and contribute to the literature by showing how ecological factors such as climate impact and institutional conditions jointly motivate entrepreneurs to undertake risky forms of environmental innovation.


Jonathan Doh is Associate Dean of Research and Global Engagement, Rammrath Chair in International Business, Co-Faculty Director of the Center for Global Leadership, and Professor of Management at the Villanova School of Business.  He teaches and does research at the intersection of international business, strategic management, and corporate sustainability. Previously, he was on the faculty of American and Georgetown Universities and a trade official with the U.S. Government.  He is author or co-author of more than 90 refereed articles, 35 chapters, a dozen teaching cases and simulations, and eight books. His articles have appeared in AMR, JIBS, JOM, JMS. MISQ, OS, and SMJ, among others, and his books have been published by Cambridge, Oxford, and Yale University presses. He is also co-author of the best-selling international management text. He was Editor- in-Chief of Journal of World Business from 2014-2018 and General Editor for Journal of Management Studies from 2020-2022. He is currently Editor (Sustainability) at JIBS. He is a fellow of AOM and AIB, and ranked 298 out of 44,945 business scholars globally, placing him among the top .65%. He holds a Ph.D. from George Washington University.



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