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Factors in organisational environmental management system implementation : Developed vs. developing country contexts

Kola-Lawal, CO, Wood, M, Alo, B and Clark, AP 2014, 'Factors in organisational environmental management system implementation : Developed vs. developing country contexts' , Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, 2 (4) , pp. 408-421.

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Abstract

Country specificities and national cultures influence Environmental Management Systems (EMS) implementation and pro-environmental behaviour in organisations. Previous studies have focused on organisations in developed or emerging economies, creating a need to establish the extent to which findings are applicable to developing counterparts. This paper presents EMS implementation from a developing country perspective, reporting on EMS implementation factors (drivers, benefits, barriers) affecting Nigerian organisations’ pro-environmental behaviour, by analysing questionnaire responses from 136 Nigerian organisational respondents. Most commonly cited drivers were ‘environmental concern’ and ‘desire for improved organisational efficiency’. Key barriers were ‘cost of implementation/budget barriers’ and ‘regulatory agency bureaucracy’. Key benefits were ‘reduced environmental accidents and improved site safety’, ‘enhanced corporate image’ and ‘more efficient resource use’. To situate findings within a global construct, results were compared with previous studies in more developed economies. EMS implementation factors differed from those in more developed economies. Plausible explanations for differences are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Energy
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Publisher: International Centre for Sustainable Developmen of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1848-9257
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Funders: Petroleum Technology Development Fund
Depositing User: AP Clark
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2015 16:43
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2015 16:43
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/34714

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