Drawing on a social constructionist perspective, the authors present insights into the business case for eco-effective greening of business, based on analysis of Royal Dutch Shell's 1997 establishment of Shell Renewables as its fifth core business. They apply organizational decision-making theory to suggest that Shell's new eco-effective renewable energy business came about in a process fitting the garbage-can decision-making model-a model more aptly named after a recycling bin, they also argue. In rationalizing the decision after it had been made, Shell leveraged its energy-industry networks to enact a market for its new eco-effective products and services. The article concludes with the authors' observations that eco-effective greening can be a business case-in-the-making, with the economic outcome of developing eco-effective products and services dependent on how new green markets are created and pursued.
- Enacting markets
- Garbage-can decision making
- Green energy
- Recycling-bin decision making
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Science (miscellaneous)