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J Environ Manage. 2015 Jan 1;147:203-12. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.04.035. Epub 2014 Sep 13.

Time compression diseconomies in environmental management: the effect of assimilation on environmental performance.

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1
Universidad de Salamanca, Facultad de Economia y Empresa, Campus Miguel de Unamuno, 37007 Salamanca, Spain. Electronic address: lannelongue@usal.es.
2
Universidad de Salamanca, Facultad de Economia y Empresa, Campus Miguel de Unamuno, 37007 Salamanca, Spain.

Abstract

This research addresses the relationship between an organisation's assimilation of its environmental management system (EMS), the experience it gains through it, and its environmental performance. Assimilation here refers to the degree to which the requirements of the management standard are integrated within a plant's daily operations. Basing ourselves on the heterogeneity of organisations, we argue that assimilation and experience will inform environmental performance. Furthermore, we posit that the relationship between assimilation and environmental performance depends on experience. The attempt to obtain greater assimilation in a shorter time leads an organisation to record a poorer environmental outcome, which we shall refer to as time compression diseconomies in environmental management. We provide empirical evidence based on 154 plants pertaining to firms in Spain subject to the European Union's CO2 Emissions Trading System.

KEYWORDS:

Assimilation; EMS; Environmental management; Experience; Time compression diseconomy

PMID:
25224500
DOI:
10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.04.035
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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