EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS ON ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND OPERATIONS

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  • ROBERT SROUFE

    1. The Wallace E. Carroll School of Management, Operations and Strategic Management Department, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hills, Massachusetts 02467
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      Robert Sroufe is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management in the department of Operations and Strategic Management at the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management, Boston College. Robert's research is primarily focused on environmental management systems and his interests include environmentally responsible manufacturing, green supply chain management, green purchasing, and performance metrics. Robert's current research efforts are sponsored by KPMG and with coauthors Frank Montabon and Ram Narasimhan is a two time recipient of the best environmental issues paper award at Decision Sciences.


Abstract

To date, it is unclear as to how Environmental Management Systems (EMS) are implemented and what effects these systems have on other environmental and operational practices. This study reports empirical insights to EMS practices based on the largest EMS survey of manufacturing firms in the United States. The objective of the study is to test for a relationship between environmental management systems and perceived operations performance while considering direct and indirect effects of various environmental practices. The results of this study are supported by several field studies and provide a new source of information regarding EMS theory development. The results also indicate a positive relationship between an EMS, the environmental practices a firm engages, and operations performance measures.

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