Environmental management in the United Kingdom: new survey evidence

Frederik Dahlmann, Stephen Brammer, Andrew Millington

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a snapshot of environmental management practices in the UK and discuss managerial responses to environmental issues in comparison with earlier research.

Design/methodology/approach – A telephone interview survey approach is adopted encompassing both quantitative and qualitative open-ended questions with a sample of 167 UK companies stratified by firm size and industry sector.

Findings – The majority of firms are undertaking efforts to reduce their environmental impacts, yet economic considerations such as cost and risk reductions and achieving compliance with environmental legislation dominate firms' environmental behaviour. Especially small and medium-sized firms appear to rely on relatively short-term planning horizons, which ultimately prevent them from becoming more proactive in their environmental outlook. Comparison with earlier studies suggests that the overall behaviour of firms towards environmental issues remains reactive and economically-oriented.

Research limitations/implications – Despite the growing salience of many environmental challenges, businesses fail to employ more proactive environmental strategies, suggesting that more has to be done at policy level to stimulate the incentives involved with adopting such an approach.

Originality/value – By using a mixed methods approach the paper aims to overcome problems of respondent identification and social desirability bias.

LanguageEnglish
Pages264-283
Number of pages20
JournalManagement Decision
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatusPublished - 2008

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Environmental management
Environmental issues
Risk reduction
Short-term planning
Environmental management practices
P value
Small and medium-sized firms
Environmental behavior
Environmental strategy
Economics
Industry
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Firm size
Mixed methods
Incentives
Environmental legislation
Design methodology
Environmental impact
Social desirability bias

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Environmental management in the United Kingdom : new survey evidence. / Dahlmann, Frederik; Brammer, Stephen; Millington, Andrew.

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Dahlmann, Frederik ; Brammer, Stephen ; Millington, Andrew. / Environmental management in the United Kingdom : new survey evidence. In: Management Decision. 2008 ; Vol. 46, No. 2. pp. 264-283.
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