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Environmental strategy and exports in medium, small and micro-enterprises

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  • Martín-Tapia, Inmaculada
  • Aragón-Correa, J. Alberto
  • Rueda-Manzanares, Antonio

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Growing corporate internationalization and the emergence of environmental concerns are two of the main trends in the business world. This paper analyzes whether strategies for environmental protection can help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as they internationalize their activities through exports. Personal interviews were conducted with 123 general managers of exporting SMEs from the Spanish food industry. The results show a relationship between advanced environmental strategies and export intensity for the sampled firms. However, the size of firm plays a role in this relationship, as the relationship between advanced environmental strategies and exports is stronger with an increase in the size of the SMEs. Authors discuss implications of these results for practitioners and future research.

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Volume (Year): 45 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 266-275

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Keywords: Natural environment Innovative environmental management Internationalization Exports Size Resource-based view Small and medium enterprises (SEMs);

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