Carbon risk management and corporate competitive advantages: “differential promotion” or “cost hindrance”?

Zhifang Zhou, Lingyan Zhang, Alex Lin, Huixiang Zeng, Xiaohong Chen

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Given the strengthening of carbon regulations and the launch of emission trading scheme in China, companies are facing tremendous pressure to reduce carbon emissions, suggesting the necessity of understanding whether carbon risk management may affect corporate financial benefits. Therefore, this paper empirically demonstrates the influence of carbon risk management on corporate competitive advantages. We find that the relationship between carbon risk management and corporate competitive advantages is a “kuznets curve” that exists only among firms with weak product competition. And this relationship tends to be weakened in firms with a distant administrative hierarchy. We conclude that the influence of low carbon management on corporate competitive advantages is complicated and subject to the firm's political relevance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalBusiness Strategy and the Environment
Issue number4
Early online date22 Jan 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jan 2020


  • Administrative hierarchical distance
  • Carbon risk management
  • Competitive advantages
  • Resource-based view
  • Sustainable development


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