An international comparison of the factors affecting environmental strategy and performance

Nicole Darnall, Irene Henriques, Perry Sadorsky

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Abstract

While the adoption of proactive environmental strategies, such as environmental management systems (EMS), has increased worldwide, there has been little research evaluating why facilities adopt these strategies across different countries. Moreover, the link between EMS adoption and a company's business performance has yet to be demonstrated. This study draws on institutional theory and the resource-based view of the firm to determine when a facility's environmental strategy may lead to improved environmental and business performance. We analyze these relationships using survey data from manufacturing facilities operating in Canada, Germany, Norway, and the United States and structural equation modelling techniques. Our results support the notion that facilities whose environmental strategies are mainly driven by institutional pressures may improve their environmental performance. On the other hand, facilities that are driven primarily by their resources and capabilities observe both positive environmental and business performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management 2005 Annual Meeting: A New Vision of Management in the 21st Century, AOM 2005
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event65th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2005 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 5 2005Aug 10 2005

Other

Other65th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2005
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
Period8/5/058/10/05

Keywords

  • Environmental strategy
  • Institutional theory
  • Resource-based view of the firm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management

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    Darnall, N., Henriques, I., & Sadorsky, P. (2005). An international comparison of the factors affecting environmental strategy and performance. In Academy of Management 2005 Annual Meeting: A New Vision of Management in the 21st Century, AOM 2005