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Networks as a means of supporting the adoption of organisational innovations in SMEs: The case of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) based on ISO 14001
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL). Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.
2004 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Nowadays, a growing number of companies are aware of their responsibility to green their products, services and processes. Industrial companies have changed their attitude and developed more innovative and proactive environmental strategies due to market opportunities and in order to gain competitive advantage over competitors. In spite of their large numbers, most SMEs have little knowledge or interest in environmental questions and generally have difficulties when it comes to integrating environmental aspects into their activities. One way for SMEs to shift from a reactive to a proactive environmental behaviour is to adopt environmental innovations. Environmental innovations consist of new or modified processes, techniques, practices, systems and products to avoid or reduce environmental harms. In this study, I focused on a particular type of innovation: organisational environmental innovations, such as EMS in accordance with ISO 14001.

One objective of this thesis was to understand and describe how SMEs can use an existing network as a basis for initiating environmental work. Another objective was to develop a model that can be used as a guideline for the adoption of an ISO 14001 EMS by SMEs collaborating in a network.

This thesis is structured in three sections. The first section presents the relevant frames of reference. The second section comprises an empirical study based on three papers that are appended to this thesis, which describes how a network approach can be used to support the adoption of EMS by SMEs. The third section is based on the first two sections and presents a model for adopting an EMS based on ISO 14001 for SMEs working in a network.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå University of Technology , 2004. , p. 37
Series
Licentiate thesis, ISSN 1402-1757 ; 2004:57
Keywords [en]
Miljöledningssystem
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-604Libris ID: 9801500Local ID: 2082/946OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-604DiVA, id: diva2:237784
Supervisors
Funder
Knowledge Foundation
Note

ISRN: LTU-LIC--04/57--SE

Available from: 2007-04-11 Created: 2007-04-11 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Learning networks and the "joint knowledge creation" process: An example of SMEs and university working together towards ISO 14001 certifications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Learning networks and the "joint knowledge creation" process: An example of SMEs and university working together towards ISO 14001 certifications
1999 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30601 (URN)
Conference
"Regional competitiveness, employment and environment: The potential of bottom-up approaches", Augsburg, Germany, 9-10 September, 1999
Available from: 2016-03-30 Created: 2016-03-30 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
2. A learning network as a development method – an example of small enterprises and a university working together
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A learning network as a development method – an example of small enterprises and a university working together
2001 (English)In: Journal of Workplace Learning, ISSN 1366-5626, E-ISSN 1758-7859, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 14-23Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Describes how the network concept could be used as a development method and to overcome some of the barriers for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to initiate and work with sustainable development questions. The study has been done in close co-operation with managers and employees from small enterprises, where the ISO 14001 work has been initiated and supported through the network, using each other and the network as an arena for joint reflection, support, and as a resource pool. The result from this study indicates that a university-driven learning network makes a difference in the development work of SMEs – as a source for inspiration, in initiating and working with development projects, for reflection, and as a sounding board, and through its effectiveness in acting as a large organisation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bradford: MCB University Press, 2001
Keywords
learning, networking, collaborative relationships, ISO 14001, small-to-medium sized enterprises, sustainable development
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-4562 (URN)10.1108/13665620110364736 (DOI)2-s2.0-84986097808 (Scopus ID)
Note

Title of submitted version: Learning Network as a Development Method – An example of small enterprises and a university working together towards ISO 14001 certifications

Available from: 2010-06-03 Created: 2010-06-03 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved
3. Network to bridge the gap between the Managing Director and the Environmental Manager: Experiences from implementing ISO 14001 in Swedish small enterprises
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Network to bridge the gap between the Managing Director and the Environmental Manager: Experiences from implementing ISO 14001 in Swedish small enterprises
2003 (English)In: One World? One View of OM?: The Challenges of Integrating Research & Practice, Vol. II / [ed] Gianluca Spina, Andrea Vinelli, Raffaella Cagliano, Matteo Kalchschmidt, Pietro Romano & Fabrizio Salvador, Padova: Servici Grafici Editoriali , 2003, Vol. 2, p. 989-998Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Over the last few years major attempts have been made to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to improve their environmental performance. How to handle environmental questions has become a strategic issue as well as important from a competitive perspective. Small enterprises are an important sector of a nation's economy and in spite of their dominance most small enterprises have little knowledge and interest in environmental issues and have difficulties when it comes to integrate environmental work within their activities. The propose with this paper is to study the driving forces and barriers during the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS) in small enterprises and how a network approach can be used to bridge the gap between the Managing Director (MD) and the Environmental Manager (EM) in order to facilitate the implementation process. The data for the study was collected through fourteen deep interviews with the MD and the EM in seven small enterprises engaged in a network.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Padova: Servici Grafici Editoriali, 2003
Keywords
Environmental Management System (EMS), Network, Small enterprises
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30602 (URN)9788886281782 (ISBN)
Conference
One World? One View of OM?: The Challenges of Integrating Research & Practice, Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy, June 16-18, 2003
Available from: 2016-03-30 Created: 2016-03-30 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved

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