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The impact of external pressure and sustainable management practices on manufacturing performance and environmental outcomes

The impact of external pressure and sustainable management practices on manufacturing performance and environmental outcomes

Adebanjo, Dotun, Teh, Pei-Lee and Ahmed, Pervaiz K. (2016) The impact of external pressure and sustainable management practices on manufacturing performance and environmental outcomes. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 36 (9). pp. 995-1013. ISSN 0144-3577 (doi:10.1108/IJOPM-11-2014-0543)

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Abstract

Purpose: The study investigates the direct effect of external pressure on environmental outcomes and manufacturing performance and examines the mediating effect of sustainable management practice.

Design/methodology/approach: This study draws upon Institutional Theory and Resource Based View to understand how factors such as external pressure and sustainable management relate with environmental outcomes and manufacturing performance. The model specifies previously unexplored direct and mediating relationships between external pressure, sustainable management, environmental outcomes and manufacturing performance. The empirical analysis is based on data collected from the sixth edition of the International Manufacturing Strategy Survey (IMSS). The research hypotheses were tested using Structural Equation Modelling.

Findings: Results show that while there is a significant direct and mediating relationship between external pressure, adoption of formal sustainability programs and environmental outcomes, such significant relationships do not exist with manufacturing performance.

Practical implications: The study shows that external pressure can influence the adoption of sustainable practices but the adoption of formal sustainable practices does not necessarily lead to an improvement in manufacturing performance. The implication therefore is that managers need to clearly understand what the actual benefits of sustainability are and where financial advantage, other than manufacturing cost, may be gained.

Originality/value: The relationship between the adoption of sustainable practices and organisational performance is a complex one. In contrast to previous studies, this study found that while external pressure and sustainable management relate positively with environmental outcomes, no such relationship exists with manufacturing performance. This raises a number of questions over naively following such strategies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable Management; Environmental; Green manufacturing performance; Survey
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2018 18:06
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT e
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14199

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