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Adoption of environmental management systems and organizational changes: the case of the French industrial firms


  • Simon Nadel
  • Danielle Galliano
  • Luis Orozco


The aim of this article is to analyze the relationship between Environmental Management System (EMS) adoption and firms? organizational changes. The objective is to study the organizational changes associated with EMS adoption, and to shed light on the process of change and adaptation within the firm?s internal organization, as well as between the firm and its external partners. We study organizational changes associated with EMS thanks to an unique nationwide database in France (Organizational Changes and Computerization survey of 2006). Results show that EMS adoption is associated with a tendency toward flatter hierarchies and the development of collective labor practices. They reveal a strong complementarity with the formalization of practices such as logistical arrangements and adoption of certification systems. It also involves informal modes of coordination with external partners rather than formal constraints. JEL Codes: Q55, L6, O3

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  • Simon Nadel & Danielle Galliano & Luis Orozco, 2016. "Adoption of environmental management systems and organizational changes: the case of the French industrial firms," Journal of Innovation Economics, De Boeck Université, vol. 0(3), pages 109-132.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:jiedbu:jie_021_0109

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    environmental management systems; environmental standards; firm structure; organizational changes; French industrial firms;

    JEL classification:

    • Q55 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Technological Innovation
    • L6 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights


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