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ISO 14001 adoption and environmental performance in small to medium sized enterprises
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (CEROC)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0916-7889
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (interorg)
2020 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Management, ISSN 0301-4797, E-ISSN 1095-8630, Vol. 266, article id 110592Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As the biggest sector of the global economy, an understanding of environmental management in small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is necessary for improved sustainability. This paper explores the role of contextual factors for ISO 14001 adoption and improved environmental performance in SMEs. It finds that socio-political factors (e.g. legislation, regulation and legitimation) guide the initial adoption decision. Nevertheless, beyond this, substantive performance improvements (i.e. improved internal processes and procedures) are received, based on symbolic (i.e. legitimacy-based) reasoning. Particularly, operational improvements subsequently lead to improved financial and environmental outcomes, as well as external social performance evaluations. This not only suggests that environmental performance is a multidimensional concept that extends beyond the firm, but also that ISO 14001 adoption in SMEs is based on the interrelation of symbolic and substantive performance effects over time and space that cannot be separated analytically in research practice. The findings are presented as particularly useful for SMEs in terms of highlighting the performance benefits of ISO 14001 adoption.

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Elsevier, 2020. Vol. 266, article id 110592
Keywords [en]
Environmental management system, Environmental performance, ISO 14001, SMEs, Sustainability
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-81207DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110592ISI: 000531083400020PubMedID: 32310124Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-850833347092-s2.0-85083334709OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-81207DiVA, id: diva2:1424641
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The Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation, P2015- 0031:1Available from: 2020-04-18 Created: 2020-04-18 Last updated: 2020-05-29Bibliographically approved

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