MURAL - Maynooth University Research Archive Library



    Contrasting institutional and performance accounts of Environmental Management Systems: three case studies in the UK Water & Sewerage industry


    Schaefer, Anja (2007) Contrasting institutional and performance accounts of Environmental Management Systems: three case studies in the UK Water & Sewerage industry. Journal of Management Studies, 44 (4). pp. 506-535. ISSN 0022-2380

    [img] Download (263kB)


    Share your research

    Twitter Facebook LinkedIn GooglePlus Email more...



    Add this article to your Mendeley library


    Abstract

    This paper presents results from a longitudinal, qualitative study into the adoption of environmental management systems (EMS) in three companies in the UK water & sewerage industry. Based on institutional theory and the literature on EMS, four factors related to the adoption of EMS are identified: external and internal institutional forces, environmental performance issues, and economic performance issues. While previous literature has often assumed a balance of performance and institutional factors or a preponderance of performance factors, the results of this study indicate that institutional forces are the predominant drivers. The results further indicate that environmental performance issues become less important over time, whereas institutional drivers and economic performance rationales increase in importance over time. While conforming to institutional pressures can result in improved economic performance of a company, adoption of environmental management systems mostly on the basis of institutional and economic factors has wider repercussions for the state of corporate environmental management and progress towards greater ecological sustainability of business.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Contrasting; Institutional; Performance; Accounts; Environmental Management Systems; Three Case Studies; UK Water & Sewerage Industry;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 9254
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2006.00677.x
    Depositing User: Anja Schaefer
    Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2018 16:29
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Management Studies
    Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
    Refereed: Yes
    URI:

    Repository Staff Only(login required)

    View Item Item control page

    Downloads

    Downloads per month over past year