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Operations management practices linked to the adoption of ISO 14001: An empirical analysis of Spanish manufacturers

  • González-Benito, Javier
  • González-Benito, Óscar
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    This paper explores the linkages between the practices and behaviour developed in the operations function of a company and the implementation of the ISO 14001 standard by that company. Specifically, it is argued that (1) those companies with a more proactive operations function are also the companies more inclined to develop capabilities that facilitate the development of an environmental management system in compliance with the standard and (2) the adoption of such a system is associated with the generalized implementation and development of diverse environmental management practices in the operations function. The analysis of empirical data provided by 184 Spanish manufacturers gives support to these propositions.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Journal of Production Economics.

    Volume (Year): 113 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1 (May)
    Pages: 60-73

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:113:y:2008:i:1:p:60-73
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