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Evaluation of corporate environmental management approaches: A framework and application

Vastag, Gyula and Kerekes, Sándor and Rondinelli, Dennis A. (1996) Evaluation of corporate environmental management approaches: A framework and application. International Journal of Production Economics, 43 (2-3). pp. 193-211. DOI 10.1016/0925-5273(96)00040-0

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Abstract

This article proposes a framework to evaluate corporate environmental strategies. In the proposed framework, a company's environmental risks are analyzed on two dimensions, One dimension, the endogenous environmental risks, arises from the internal operations of the company. The other dimension, the exogenous environmental risks, are determined by the company's external world: its location, its ecological setting, and the demographic characteristics of the physical environment in which it operates. Four environmental management approaches are defined as a function of endogenous and exogenous environmental risks: reactive, proactive, strategic, and crisis preventive. The framework was applied in a survey of 141 company representatives in Hungary. A relationship was sought between the a priori defined environmental management approaches based on technology and location and the companies' environmental management characteristics defined by senior managers. Variables that differentiated among the four environmental management approaches were identified and ranked. The study concludes that there is a relatively well-defined relationship between the environmental risks of companies and the nature of their environmental management approaches, Implementing a strategic environmental management approach may not be the best option for all companies - although there is a growing pressure to do so.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Environmental economics
DOI:10.1016/0925-5273(96)00040-0
ID Code:2000
Deposited By: MTMT SWORD
Deposited On:28 Jul 2015 09:24
Last Modified:28 Jul 2015 09:38

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