Identifying critical enablers to high performance environmental management: An empirical study of Chinese firms

Chu hua Kuei*, Vincent W S CHOW, Christian N. Madu, Jane P. Wu

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to identify the critical enablers to high performance environmental management (EM). Using empirical data, we explore green operational practices associated with both self-regulatory and voluntary environmental standards and their impacts on firms' performances in China under different operating conditions (i.e. with Internal EM Programmes or Supply-Chain-Wide EM Programmes). Our data show that both self-regulatory (e.g. adopting environmentally conscious operations) and voluntary environmental standard (e.g. adopting ISO 14001 guidelines) approaches positively related to the overall performance of the firm. Voluntary environmental standards seem to be more highly associated with the overall performance of the firm. A major reason for this is the awareness and understanding of environmental sustainability. Applications of voluntary environmental standards, such as ISO 14001, thus offer and open up continuous improvement opportunities to impose greener standards for organisations in China. By focusing on the critical enablers, firms in China could become more environmentally responsible while improving their economic and operational performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1152-1179
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume56
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

User-Defined Keywords

  • environmental management
  • environmentally conscious operations
  • structural equation model
  • voluntary environmental standards

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