Environmental management in Brazil: Is it a completely competitive priority?

Jabbour, C.J.C., Maria Da Silva, E., Paiva, E.L. and Almada Santos, F.C. (2012) Environmental management in Brazil: Is it a completely competitive priority? Journal of Cleaner Production, 21 (1). pp. 11-22. ISSN 0959-6526

Full content URL: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2011.09.003

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Current studies indicate a need to integrate environmental management with manufacturing strategy, including topics like cross-functional integration, environmental impact, and waste reduction. Nevertheless, such studies are relatively rare, existing still a need for research in specific regional contexts. At the same time, the results found are not unanimous. Due to these gaps, the objective of this article is to analyze if environmental management can be considered a new competitive priority for manufacturing enterprises located in Brazil. A cross-sectional survey was conducted with Brazilian companies certified by ISO 14001. Sixty-five valid questionnaires were analyzed through Structural Equation Modelling (SEM). The first conclusion is that environmental management presents a preventive approach in the sample analyzed, focused on eco-efficiency, what potentially do not to create a competitive advantage. This preventive approach inhibits environmental management from being regarded as a new competitive manufacturing priority, in the full sense as defined by the literature. Another important result is that environmental management, although following a preventive focus, may influence positively the four manufacturing priorities: cost, quality, flexibility and delivery. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Keywords:Brazil, Brazilian companies, Competitive advantage, Competitive manufacturing, Competitive priorities, Cross functional integration, Eco-efficiency, ISO 14001, Manufacturing enterprise, Manufacturing strategy, Structural equation modelling, Waste reduction, Competition, Environmental impact, Flexible manufacturing systems, Mathematical models, Surveys, Waste management, Environmental management
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:39817
Deposited On:22 Jan 2020 10:10

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