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Small and Medium Sized Companies in Europe

Environmental Performance, Competitiveness and Management: International EU Case Studies

  • David M. W. N. Hitchens
  • Mary Trainor
  • Jens Clausen
  • Samarthia Thankappan
  • Bruna de Marchi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. David M. W. N. Hitchens, Mary Trainor, Jens Clausen, Samarthia Thankappan, Bruna de Marchi
    Pages 1-10
  3. David M. W. N. Hitchens, Mary Trainor, Jens Clausen, Samarthia Thankappan, Bruna de Marchi
    Pages 11-23
  4. David M. W. N. Hitchens, Mary Trainor, Jens Clausen, Samarthia Thankappan, Bruna de Marchi
    Pages 25-35
  5. David M. W. N. Hitchens, Mary Trainor, Jens Clausen, Samarthia Thankappan, Bruna de Marchi
    Pages 37-73
  6. David M. W. N. Hitchens, Mary Trainor, Jens Clausen, Samarthia Thankappan, Bruna de Marchi
    Pages 75-115
  7. David M. W. N. Hitchens, Mary Trainor, Jens Clausen, Samarthia Thankappan, Bruna de Marchi
    Pages 117-159
  8. David M. W. N. Hitchens, Mary Trainor, Jens Clausen, Samarthia Thankappan, Bruna de Marchi
    Pages 161-184
  9. David M. W. N. Hitchens, Mary Trainor, Jens Clausen, Samarthia Thankappan, Bruna de Marchi
    Pages 185-204
  10. David M. W. N. Hitchens, Mary Trainor, Jens Clausen, Samarthia Thankappan, Bruna de Marchi
    Pages 205-225
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 227-237

About this book

Introduction

1. 1 Aims and Objectives The major aim of this research is to identify and weigh the importance of factors that promote and constrain, the adoption of environmental initiatives by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The objective is to inform how policy can overcome obstacles so as to promote the adoption of cleaner technology (includ­ ing environmentally sensitive products (Oosterhuis et al. 1996)) by industry. Cen­ tral to the research is the testing of a set of hypotheses, which, inter alia, relate the adoption of cleaner technologies to competitiveness, management culture and the importance of the provision of information. The manufacturing sectors consid­ ered are those dominated by SMEs where product and process environmental re­ sponse by the firm is important. Of these sectors, furniture, textile finishing, and fruit and vegetable processing were chosen. More specifically the focus is on European SMEs i. e. those employing less than 250 employees. ' Variations within the EU with respect to environmental regulation are exemplified by a study of firms (and plants) across four member states: Germany, North-east Italy, Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. The adoption of clean technologies has been slow and uneven and action has mainly involved good housekeeping. Major changes involving large capital spend­ ing, or material substitution, process redesign or reformulation have been rela­ tively rare (OECD 1985, 1995; Ashford 1993). The problem is particularly acute amongst SMEs (and the majority of enterprises are SMEs; e. g.

Keywords

Case Studies Germany Ireland Italy SME Small and Medium Sized Companies Sustainability United Kingdom environment environmental policy

Authors and affiliations

  • David M. W. N. Hitchens
    • 1
  • Mary Trainor
    • 1
  • Jens Clausen
    • 2
  • Samarthia Thankappan
    • 1
  • Bruna de Marchi
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Management and EconomicsQueen’s UniversityBelfastUK
  2. 2.Institut für ÖkologischeWirtschaftsforschung (IOW), gGmbHHannoverGermany
  3. 3.Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia (I.S.I.G.)GoriziaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-09920-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07275-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-09920-9
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