Transcending Time Horizons: How Actors Project Innovative Solutions Toward Distant Climate Goals

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How actors address climate change through ongoing practices is not adequately addressed in organizational research. In this paper, we extend organizational research through a study of how actors simultaneously project near and distant future solutions through their ongoing practices to work toward distant climate goals. From real-time observations of discussions about sustainable packaging solutions in an international dairy corporation we inductively identified three interconnected practices that actors used to envisage future solutions: bracketing, calculating, and narrating. We develop a grounded model that shows how these three practices became differently interrelated as actors addressed increasingly more distant future solutions. Our paper adds to the literature by establishing a model whereby actors move beyond the near future toward the distant future. This enables explanations of how actors may bridge seemingly irresolvable intertemporal tensions between the short and long terms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-first Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsSonia Taneja
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021: Bringing the Manager Back in Management - Online, Virtual, Online
Duration: 29 Jul 20214 Aug 2021
Conference number: 81


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Internet address
SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings

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