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Title: Environmental management in Brazil: Is it a completely competitive priority?
Author(s): Jabbour, Charbel Jose Chiappetta
da, Silva Eliciane Maria
Paiva, Ely Laureano
Santos, Fernando Cesar Almada
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Keywords: Brazil
environmental management
competitive priorities
structural equation modelling
Issue Date: Jan-2012
Citation: Jabbour CJC, da Silva EM, Paiva EL & Santos FCA (2012) Environmental management in Brazil: Is it a completely competitive priority?, Journal of Cleaner Production, 21 (1), pp. 11-22.
Abstract: Current studies indicate a need to integrate environmental management with manufacturing strategy, including topics like cross-functional integration, environmental impact, and waste reduction. Nevertheless, such studies are relatively rare, existing still a need for research in specific regional contexts. At the same time, the results found are not unanimous. Due to these gaps, the objective of this article is to analyze if environmental management can be considered a new competitive priority for manufacturing enterprises located in Brazil. A cross-sectional survey was conducted with Brazilian companies certified by ISO 14001. Sixty-five valid questionnaires were analyzed through Structural Equation Modelling (SEM). The first conclusion is that environmental management presents a preventive approach in the sample analyzed, focused on eco-efficiency, what potentially do not to create a competitive advantage. This preventive approach inhibits environmental management from being regarded as a new competitive manufacturing priority, in the full sense as defined by the literature. Another important result is that environmental management, although following a preventive focus, may influence positively the four manufacturing priorities: cost, quality, flexibility and delivery.
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