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Environmental proactivity and business performance: an empirical analysis

  • González-Benito, Javier
  • González-Benito, Óscar
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    This paper analyses the relationship between environmental proactivity and business performance on a sample of 186 industrial companies. This relationship is approached by studying a bundle of relationships between different dimensions or manifestations of environmental proactivity and different measures of business performance. The analysis in part supports the idea that environmental management can bring about competitive opportunities for companies, although it also reveals that some environmental practices produce negative effects. It is thus concluded that there is no one single response for the question of whether environmental proactivity has positive effects on business performance and that this relationship must be disaggregated into more specific and concrete relationships.

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    Volume (Year): 33 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 1-15

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