Does the Competitive Environment Influence the Efficacy of Investments in Environmental Management?
Article first published online: 5 APR 2006
Journal of Supply Chain Management
Volume 40, Issue 2, pages 30–39, June 2004
How to Cite
Pagell, M., Yang, C.-L., Krumwiede, D. W. and Sheu, C. (2004), Does the Competitive Environment Influence the Efficacy of Investments in Environmental Management?. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 40: 30–39. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-493X.2004.tb00172.x
- Issue published online: 5 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 5 APR 2006
Supply chain managers confront numerous threats and opportunities in today's competitive environment. Firms simultaneously face increased pressure to lower costs and to be innovative. In addition, most firms are also under increased pressure to improve their environmental (ecological) performance. These rival demands from the competitive environment make it difficult for supply chain managers to determine how a specific investment will influence performance. Thus, inevitable tradeoffs among investments must be assessed and implemented. This research examines the efficacy of investments in environmental management in different competitive environments, and provides guidelines for supply chain managers in determining when and how they should respond to simultaneous pressures to improve economic and ecological performance.