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Quality and Environmental Management Linkage: A Review of the Literature

Erlantz Allur (), Iñaki Heras-Saizarbitoria (), Olivier Boiral () and Francesco Testa ()
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Erlantz Allur: Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Business, The University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, 48940 Leioa, Spain
Iñaki Heras-Saizarbitoria: Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Business, The University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, 48940 Leioa, Spain
Olivier Boiral: Département de Management, Faculté des sciences de l’administration, Université Laval, Québec City, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
Francesco Testa: Institute of Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, 56127 Pisa, Italy

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 11, 1-15

Abstract: This article presents a conceptual and empirical review of the literature related to the link between the different perspectives, models, and tools associated with Quality Management and Environmental Management. Several academic works identified in the literature that aimed to establish conceptual similarities between QM and EM are reviewed and discussed. In general, terms, the scholarly literature suggests that the main quality practices and programs associated with the Quality Management paradigm—such as ISO 9001 and Total Quality Management—facilitate the adoption of environmental practices associated with corporate Environmental Management. However, there is evidence of certain limitations driven by different biases, whether or not they are recognized in the reviewed publications. The concentration on some avenues of research focused on very detailed aspects of the linkage between QM and EM is discussed. Conversely, lines that have been overlooked and are in need for more research were also identified. The implications for scholars, such as suggestions for further research, are included as a contribution of the article.

Keywords: environmental management; quality management; ISO 9001; Business Excellence Models; EFQM; ISO 14001 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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