Research

WORKING PAPERS

Voluntary Sustainability Standards.

Nava L. and Tampe M. (2nd round Revise and Resubmit: Business Ethics Quarterly)

Abstract and Title removed to preserve the anonymity of the review process

 

The Grasshopper and the Ant: Explaining  the Variation in Organizational Adaptation to Climate Change 

Nava L., Chiapetti J., Barbosa da Rocha R. and Tampe M. (Target Journal: Management Science)

Based on a mixed-methods study using a unique and rich panel dataset of over 3000 agricultural producers in Brazil, this article develops a decision-making level framework to explain the variance in adaptive responses of vulnerable organizations. Despite decision- makers’ interpretation of climate stimuli has been found to crucially affect adaptation, little is known about what mechanisms lead to different types of adaptive responses at this level, and what explains the consequent variation in adaptation effectiveness. Through our exploratory study, we found three types of adaptive responses: eco-system based, the most effective but also less immediate, technology-based, medium-term oriented and immediately effective, and maladaptive, short-term oriented and immediately effective. We delineate two crucial factors through which experiencing the direct effects of climate change stimulates adaptive responses: risk appraisal and coping appraisal, and the psychological threats affecting each of these mechanisms. Our findings suggest that while coping appraisal leads to longer-term oriented responses (eco-system based and technology-based), risk appraisal triggers a shorter- term orientation (technology-based and maladaptive). In the confirmatory study, we test the model and distinguish decision-makers into 4 archetypes (ants, grasshoppers, bees, and crickets) based on their level of risk and coping appraisals and discuss their likelihood of implementing different types of responses. We conclude with the theoretical and practical implications of our work.

Organizational Post-traumatic Growth: How Disasters Triggers Organizations' Responsiveness to their Environment.

Nava L., Matsuno K. and Kohlbacher F. (Target Journal: Academy of Management Discoveries)

Prior studies have emphasized that learning from natural disasters is crucial to increasing preparedness for similar threats in the future. Yet, our understanding of the wider effects of learning through natural disasters on organizational capabilities and responsiveness to unrelated environmental forces is limited. Natural disasters radically change organizational worldviews, and this change is likely to affect the organization far beyond preparedness to future disasters. Based on this idea, we model how being affected by a natural disaster triggers a change in organizational values and beliefs towards a higher prosociality that, in turn, favors organizational sensitivity to the environment, and its latent threats and opportunities, both directly and through the development of explorative capability. Our findings suggest that some organizations surviving a natural disaster are reborn with improved capabilities to respond not only to future disaster threats but also and more strongly to unrelated social changes, such as population aging and growing demand for sustainable products. To capture these effects, we develop the concept of organizational post-traumatic growth. Through this richer explanation and empirical assessment, we contribute to a greater clarity of how, amidst heaps of debris and rubble, some organizations are able rise from their ashes with renewed capabilities and strength.

Rediscovering the Bucolic Tale: The Role of Place Embeddedness in Fostering Sustainable Practices.

Nava L., Chiapetti J., Barbosa da Rocha R. and Tampe M. (Target Journal: Administrative Science Quarterly)

Based on a mixed-methods study of agricultural producers, this article examines whether and how the embeddedness in the natural and social environment surrounding the organization (i.e. place embeddedness) affects the implementation of sustainable practices. Theoretically, the study draws on practice theory to understand how the different elements of practices (competence, meaning and material) are shaped by each the constituents of place embeddedness. In the empirical analysis, the article derives and tests a model that shows three trajectories through which these effects occur. The article concludes with the implications of our study for both the place-oriented and the practice-oriented literature in the sustainability field.

 

Rise from Ashes: Organizational Learning for, from, and through Disasters.

Nava L. (Under Review: Business & Society Review)

Background/Objectives – Pandemic viruses, earthquakes, hurricanes, water elevation and frequent flooding, extreme droughts are not anymore rare or exceptional events. This paper studies how experiencing a natural disaster leads to different types of organizational learning to guide actions toward enhancing learning in such contexts. Methods – The scholarly literature in the fields of organizational learning and sensemaking are analyzed and critically discussed for the case of natural disaster responses. Results – The main findings suggest that three types of learning spur from the experience of a disaster: (1) learning for disasters, leading to resilience, for which the sensemaking is not relevant and can even be counterproductive; (2) learning from disasters, leading to higher preparedness to deal with disruptions in the future, for which sensemaking is beneficial, yet it is not necessary; (3) learning through disasters, leading to a renewal of the organization aiming at building it back better after the disaster, largely unexplored in the literature, for which sensemaking is essential. Conclusions – This paper is of value to both practitioners and scholars. For decision-makers, it derives practical implications to enhance each of the three types of learning spurring from disasters. For scholars, it sheds light on the potential to renew the organization after a disaster.

The Place of the Material for Organizational Practices.

Tampe M. and Nava L. (Target Journal: Organization Science)

WORK IN PROGRESS

Long-term Effects of Natural Disasters on the organization - Data collection from Japanese organizations.

Sense-making and crisis: Exploring the sense making process of health workers in the most affected areas during Covid-19 pandemic – Data collection (Target Journal: Academy of Management Journal)

NEGEM Project: Quantifying and Deploying Responsible Negative Emissions in Climate Resilient Pathways


 

 

RECENT CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS PRESENTATIONS

University of St. Gallen - Virtual Brownbag Seminar, February 2021 (Paper Presented: Rediscovering the Bucolic Tale: The Role of Place Embeddedness in Fostering Sustainable Practices)

Cambridge Judge Business School - Virtual PhD Seminar, February 2021 (Paper Presented: Rediscovering the Bucolic Tale: The Role of Place Embeddedness in Fostering Sustainable Practices)

 

Rotterdam School of Management - Virtual Invited Seminar, November 2020 (Paper Presented: The Grasshopper and the Ant: Explaining the Variation in Organizational Adaptation to Climate Change)

 

Academy of Management Discoveries Workshop - Virtual, November 2020 (Paper accepted: Organizational Post-Traumatic Growth: How Disasters Affect Responsiveness to Environmental Forces)

 

Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting- London, Oct ober2020 (Accepted paper: The Grasshopper and the Ant: Explaining the Variation in Organizational Adaptation to Climate Change) - Finalist for the Research Methods Prize and nominated for the Best PhD Paper Prize, Awarded Honorable Mention by Behavioral Strategy Interest Group

 

Academy of Management Annual Meeting, ONE division – Virtual due to Covid-19 outbreak, August 2020 (Three papers accepted: Organizational Post-Traumatic Growth: How Disasters Affect Responsiveness to Environmental Forces; Rediscovering the Bucolic Tale: The Role of Place Embeddedness in Fostering Sustainable Practices; Enablers and Tensions of Voluntary Sustainability Standards' Successful Implementation Process) - Best Reviewer Award

Society of Business Ethics Annual Meeting- Philadelphia (PA), Aug 2021 (Accepted paper: Rediscovering the Bucolic Tale: The Role of Place Embeddedness in Fostering Sustainable Practices)

Academy of Management Doctoral Consortium, ONE division – Virtual (Accepted paper: The Grasshopper and the Ant: Explaining the Variation in Organizational Adaptation to Climate Change)

EGOS Doctoral Consortium – Virtual Seminar due to Covid-19 outbreak, July 2020 

 

ARCS Annual Meeting – Cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreak, June 2020 (Accepted paper: Organizational Post-Traumatic Growth: How Disasters Affect Responsiveness to Environmental Forces)

 

Sustainability Salon at Ivey Business School – Virtual Seminar, May 2020 (Paper: Organizational Post-Traumatic Growth: How Disasters Affect Responsiveness to Environmental Forces)

 

ARCS PhD Sustainability Academy - London (ON), Nov 2019 (Paper: Rediscovering the Bucolic Tale: The Role of Place Embeddedness in Fostering Sustainable Practices)

 

Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting- Minneapolis (MN), Oct 2019 (Paper: When the Going Gets Risky: How Climate Risk perception and Risk Attitude Affect Sustainable Practices)

Participation also in the Paper Development Workshop

 

European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) - Barcelona, Oct 2019 (Paper: The Grasshopper and the Ant: Why some Vulnerable Organizations Adapt to Climate Change and Others Do Not)

Participation also in PhD Day

 

Society of Business Ethics Annual Meeting- Boston (MA), Aug 2019 (Paper: The Grasshopper and the Ant: Why some Vulnerable Organizations Adapt to Climate Change and Others Do Not)

Emerging Scholar Award recipient

 

EDAMBA Summer Academy- Athens, July 2019 (Paper:Rediscovering the Bucolic Tale: The Role of Place Embeddedness in Fostering Sustainable Practices)

 

Esade PhD Paper Development Workshop– Barcelona, July 2019

With prof. Ruth Aguilera

 

Misbehavior BCN Meeting - Barcelona, June 2019 (Paper: The Grasshopper and the Ant: Why some Vulnerable Organizations Adapt to Climate Change and Others Do Not)

 

IABS Business & Society Paper Development Workshop - Barcelona, June 2019 (Paper:Rediscovering the Bucolic Tale: The Role of Place Embeddedness in Fostering Sustainable Practices)

 

Esade Business & Society and IIS Seminars– Barcelona

Feb 2020 and Nov 2020 (Paper: The grasshopper and the ant: Why some vulnerable organizations adapt to climate change while others do not)

June 2019 (PhD Thesis Proposal)

June 2018 (Paper: When standards lead to a non-standard world: What explains differences in implementation quality of    voluntary sustainability standards in developing countries)

 

Other attended conferences: EGOS, 2020, virtual; Academy of Management, 2019, Boston (MA); ECPR conference, Lausanne (2018)

 

AWARDS

Honorable Mentioned Award - Behavioral Strategy Interest Group - SMS Annual Conference 2020

Finalist as Best Methods Paper Prize and Nomination as Best PhD Paper Prize - SMS Annual Conference 2020

 

Best Reviewer Award - AOM Annual Meeting, 2020

 

Emerging Scholar Award Recipient from Society of Business Ethics

Ermenegildo Zegna Scholarship

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