A framework for environmental management system adoption and maintenance : an Australian perspective
Zutshi, Ambika and Sohal, Amrik S. 2005, A framework for environmental management system adoption and maintenance : an Australian perspective, Management of environmental quality, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 464-475.
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a framework for environmental management system (EMS) adoption which can be used by managers to enable them to achieve a faster, smoother, effective and sustainable EMS implementation. This is termed by the authors as “successful” EMS implementation. Design/methodology/approach – The framework presented is based on an extensive field study conducted in Australia that included a questionnaire survey and in-depth interviews conducted with practitioners, the results of which have been reported in this and other journals. Findings – The framework presented covers three distinct phases, namely development, certification and maintenance and continuous improvement. Preliminary assessment of this framework by a group of Australian experts that included four senior managers, one academic and one consultant suggests that this framework is a useful tool for implementing an effective EMS. Practical implications – Each of the three phases of the framework provides a step-by-step approach and a sequential map towards a successful EMS implementation. Originality/value – The framework has been developed from extensive fieldwork and has been validated by a group of “experts” which comprised of four industry practitioners, one management academic, and one EMS consultant. The framework provides a detailed understanding of the steps involved in the implementation, certification, and maintenance of EMS.
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