Modelling the impact of ISO 14001 on environmental performance : a comparative approach

Authors: Boiral, OlivierHenri, Jean-François
Abstract: Studies analyzing the effects of ISO 14001 certification and determinants of environmental performance tend to be based on a traditional and instrumental model of efficiency. Using structural equation modelling developed through a survey of 303 organizations, this paper compares the validity of this instrumental model with two alternatives models: the legitimacy-based model and the hybrid model. The findings question the efficiency of ISO 14001 and show that the traditional model does not explain the environmental performance of the surveyed organizations. Study results show that the legitimacybased model, which questions the efficiency of ISO 14001 certification, is more pertinent in explaining the environmental performance but leads to a rather critical view of management practices. The development of a hybrid model based on the principal hypotheses of the legitimacy-based model, but integrating certain managerial and operational practices distinct from ISO 14001 certification, results in a less critical and more pertinent view of the determinants of environmental performance. Study results suggest that this hybrid model provides the best data fit.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 10 February 2012
Open Access Date: 13 April 2017
Document version: AM
This document was published in: Journal of environmental management, Vol. 99, 84–97 (2012)
Academic Press
Alternative version: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.01.007
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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