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The impact of symbolic and substantive actions on environmental legitimacy

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  • Berrone, Pascual

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    (IESE Business School)

  • Gelabert, Liliana

    (Universidad Carlos III)

  • Fosfuri, Andrea

    (Universidad Carlos III)

Abstract

Drawing on institutional theory and insights from stakeholder theory and impression management, we empirically analyze the impact of both environmental symbolic polices (participation in voluntary environmental programs, green trademarks, environmental-dedicated board committees, environmental pay policies and community communication) and substantive actions (environmental patents and pollution prevention practices) on environmental legitimacy. We show that 1) symbolic actions have a weaker positive effect on legitimacy than substantive actions; 2) that the impact of symbolic actions is greater when they are combined with substantive actions, and 3) that this impact is only short-term while substantive actions have both short- and long-term effects.

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Paper provided by IESE Business School in its series IESE Research Papers with number D/778.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 05 Jan 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0778

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Keywords: environmental management; institutional theory; legitimacy; stakeholder management; symbolic management;

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  1. Timo Busch & Bryan T. Stinchfield & Matthew S. Wood, 2011. "A Triptych Inquiry: Rethinking Sustainability, Innovation, and Financial Performance," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 11-026/2/DSF 9, Tinbergen Institute.

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