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SMEs and the potential for a collaborative path to environmental responsibility

Lewis, Kate V., Cassells, Sue and Roxas, Hernan 2015, SMEs and the potential for a collaborative path to environmental responsibility, Business strategy and the environment, vol. 24, no. 8, pp. 750-764, doi: 10.1002/bse.1843.

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Title SMEs and the potential for a collaborative path to environmental responsibility
Author(s) Lewis, Kate V.
Cassells, Sue
Roxas, HernanORCID iD for Roxas, Hernan
Journal name Business strategy and the environment
Volume number 24
Issue number 8
Start page 750
End page 764
Total pages 15
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-12
ISSN 0964-4733
Keyword(s) Collaboration
Environmental management
New Zealand
Small and medium enterprises
Summary Globally, the potential for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to collectively impact negatively on the environment is great. Therefore, the adoption, and maintenance, of environmentally responsible practices by this group of firms is especially critical. Studies of environmental practices successfully implemented by small firms have revealed that relationships with other firms, or other organizations, can contribute to greater awareness of the benefits of such activities and, therefore, enhance the possibility of environmental engagement. Collaborative relationships may provide opportunities for SMEs to overcome some of the barriers to implementing environmental initiatives associated with their size, and/or associated characteristics. This paper focuses on attitudes of SME owner-managers to a variety of environmental issues (including regulation and voluntary standards), and to collaborating with other firms (in either a formal or informal sense). The data this paper draws upon are from two waves of an ongoing longitudinal survey of New Zealand SMEs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/bse.1843
Field of Research 150314 Small Business Management
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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