Economics at your fingertips  

The impact of national culture on corporate adoption of environmental management practices and their effectiveness

Song, Fei (Sophie), Frank Montabon and Yuhang Xu

International Journal of Production Economics, 2018, vol. 205, issue C, 313-328

Abstract: National culture matters in business as it affects managerial attitudes, values, behaviors, and efficacy in organizations. It contributes to our understanding of environmental management issues as well. Previous studies investigating the link between national culture and environmental performance had mixed findings as they overlooked the intervening mechanism between the two—firm environmental management practice (EMP) adoption. This paper considers the missing link, lays out a complete theoretical framework, and empirically tests the effects of national culture on firm EMP adoption and EMP effectiveness. The analysis uses data collected during the 5th round of the Global Manufacturing Research Group (GMRG) survey, Hofstede cultural dimensions, and World Bank Database. Hierarchical linear models (HLMs) using the Bayesian Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) approach are employed to examine the cross-level relationships in the framework. The study finds out that certain cultural traits are significantly related to corporate EMP adoption and how effectively EMPs are implemented after adoption. The study provides meanings insights into the role of national culture in the context of environmental management.

Keywords: Sustainability; Environmental management; National culture; Archival data; Hierarchical linear modeling; Bayesian statistics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this article

International Journal of Production Economics is currently edited by R. W. Grubbström

More articles in International Journal of Production Economics from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Dana Niculescu ().

Page updated 2019-02-02
Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:205:y:2018:i:c:p:313-328