The correlates of energy management practices and sales performance of small family food firms in Turkey

Onjewu, A.-K.E., Puntaier, E. and Hussain, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-8273-7801, 2021. The correlates of energy management practices and sales performance of small family food firms in Turkey. British Food Journal. ISSN 0007-070X (Forthcoming)

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Purpose: While pursuing energy management, firms simultaneously strive to boost sales as a path towards economic performance. Also, the literature suggests that family firms exhibit greater environmental commitment than their non-family counterparts. To examine these contentions, this review espouses contingency theory to interrogate the correlations of (1) energy consumption targets, (2) energy efficiency enhancing measures, (3) energy consumption monitoring and (4) the domestic sales performance of small family food firms in
Turkey’s food sector.

Methodology: Data were sourced from the World Bank Enterprise Survey. A sample of 137 family firms in food production, processing and retail was analysed using non-linear structural equation modelling. The net effects of path coefficients were estimated to determine the extent to which energy management practices predict domestic sales.

Findings: The path analysis revealed that although energy consumption targets do not directly increase sales performance, they stimulate firms’ energy efficiency enhancement measures and energy consumption monitoring to produce this effect by 21%.

Practical/Managerial Implications: The definitive results will reassure small family food firms of the financial and ecological benefits of setting energy targets in the first instance. This should be seen as a path towards putting in place energy efficiency enhancing measures and monitoring energy consumption. Insights for policy development are also offered to public stakeholders in the energy sector.

Originality: This inquiry is one of the first to examine energy management in the food sector at the family firm level through the contingency lens. Theoretically, the results draw attention and shed new light on disparate energy management practices and their discrete yet substantial contribution to sales performance. Practically, the fresh insights offer intelligence for the development of a national energy management policy in Turkey.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Also presented at ISBE 2021 as a peer-reviewed conference paper.
Publication Title: British Food Journal
Creators: Onjewu, A.-K.E., Puntaier, E. and Hussain, S.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 3 November 2021
ISSN: 0007-070X
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 10 Nov 2021 11:50
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2021 11:50

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