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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.

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Title A framework for environmental management system adoption and maintenance : an Australian perspective
Author(s) Zutshi, Ambika
Sohal, Amrik S.
Journal name Management of environmental quality
Volume number 16
Issue number 5
Start page 464
End page 475
Total pages 12 p.
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1477-7835
Keyword(s) Australia
environmental management
international standards
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002963

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