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

Nadel, Simon, Galliano, Danielle and Orozco, Luis (2016) Adoption of environmental management systems and organizational changes: the case of the French industrial firms. Journal of Innovation Economics & Management (n° 21).

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Date: 2016
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environmental management systems, environmental standards, firm structure, organizational changes, French industrial firms
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE > B4- Commerce et Affaire
D- SCIENCES POLITIQUES > D3- Institution et Administration
Divisions: Laboratoire d'Études et de Recherches sur l'Économie, les Politiques et les Systèmes sociaux (Toulouse)
Site: IEP
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2016 07:59
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2016 07:59
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/22413

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