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Greening Remote SMEs: The Case of Small Regional Airports

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  • Olivier Boiral

    (Pavillon Palasis-Prince)

  • Mehran Ebrahimi

    (Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM))

  • Kerstin Kuyken

    (Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM))

  • David Talbot

    (École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP)
    KEDGE Business School)

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to explore, through a qualitative study of small regional airports, how sustainability issues are taken into account in remote small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Based on 42 semi-structured interviews conducted with managers of small regional Canadian airports and experts in this area, this study shows the quasi-absence of specific measures for sustainability, despite the seriousness of environmental issues, which tend to be subordinated to economic priorities and operational activities. The paper contributes to the literature on sustainability in SMEs by focusing on passive organizations located in remote areas and the complex reasons underlying their lack or absence of environmental commitment. The paper sheds more light on the essential role of stakeholders in providing the resources and skills necessary for the development of sustainability initiatives in passive SMEs. The study’s managerial contributions and implications for stakeholders are also discussed.

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  • Olivier Boiral & Mehran Ebrahimi & Kerstin Kuyken & David Talbot, 2019. "Greening Remote SMEs: The Case of Small Regional Airports," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 154(3), pages 813-827, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:154:y:2019:i:3:d:10.1007_s10551-017-3447-0
    DOI: 10.1007/s10551-017-3447-0
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