Small and Medium Sized Companies in Europe

Environmental Performance, Competitiveness and Management: International EU Case Studies

Authors: Hitchens, D., Trainor, M., Clausen, J., Thankappan, S., de Marchi, B.

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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.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Study Background

    Hitchens, David M. W. N. (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Method

    Hitchens, David M. W. N. (et al.)

    Pages 11-23

  • Industrial Sectors Considered

    Hitchens, David M. W. N. (et al.)

    Pages 25-35

  • Furniture Industry

    Hitchens, David M. W. N. (et al.)

    Pages 37-73

  • Textile Finishing Industry

    Hitchens, David M. W. N. (et al.)

    Pages 75-115

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Small and Medium Sized Companies in Europe
Book Subtitle
Environmental Performance, Competitiveness and Management: International EU Case Studies
Authors
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-09920-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-09920-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-40147-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-07275-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 242
Additional Information
Jointly published with Michael Keil (IÖW), Wilfried Konrad (IÖW), and Daniele Ungaro (ISIG)
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