Triggers for and barriers to the adoption of environmental management practices by small and medium‐sized enterprises: a critical review

Dasanayaka, C.H., Gunarathne, N., Murphy, D.F. and Nagirikandalage, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-6411-3632, 2022. Triggers for and barriers to the adoption of environmental management practices by small and medium‐sized enterprises: a critical review. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management. ISSN 1535-3958

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Abstract

The current literature lacks an integrated and holistic understanding of what drives and inhibits the environmental management practices (EMPs) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), despite the large number of studies carried out in the area. In order to offer a nuanced understanding of the existing inventory of reported works on SMEs, this study provides a systematic literature review. Based on three theories (i.e., institutional isomorphism, the resource-based view and contingency), the study uses descriptive and thematic content analytical tools to find triggers for (i.e., external and internal) and barriers to the adoption of EMPs by SMEs. The analysis shows that both coercive pressures (especially legislation and customers' demands) and internal resource capabilities serve as significant triggers for the adoption of EMPs by SMEs. This study also finds internal organisational barriers, including lack of resources, acting as the main barriers. Both descriptive and thematic content analysis suggests several avenues for future research in this area.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management
Creators: Dasanayaka, C.H., Gunarathne, N., Murphy, D.F. and Nagirikandalage, P.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 29 January 2022
ISSN: 1535-3958
Identifiers:
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10.1002/csr.2244DOI
1515517Other
Rights: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Dasanayaka, C. H., Gunarathne, N., Murphy, D. F., & Nagirikandalage, P. (2022). Triggers for and barriers to the adoption of environmental management practices by small and medium‐sized enterprises: a critical review. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/csr.2244 . This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited. © 2022 ERP Environment and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 06 Apr 2022 08:22
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2022 08:23
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46064

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