Internalizing environmental management practices in Africa : the role of power distance and orality

Authors: Tayo Tene, Christian ValeryBoiral, Olivier; Heras-Saizarbitoria, Iñaki
Abstract: This paper investigates the role of power distance and orality in the internalization of ISO 14001 in Africa. The data was collected from 35 semi-structured interviews with a set of relevant stakeholders: managers, employees, environmental coordinators/directors, consultants, and auditors in Cameroon, Senegal, and Ivory Coast. The results point to the low power of action of the persons in charge of the implementation of ISO 14001, the tendency for managers to centralize decisions and to view the internalization of ISO 14001 as more of an issue for employees than for themselves, and the perfunctory implementation of the environmental management system. This seems to lead to low ownership of the environmental practices in place by managers and employees, and little change to behaviors and practices. This paper contributes to the literature on the internalization of environmental management practices and sheds light on the under-explored role of cultural issues in the effectiveness of ISO 14001. The managerial implications of the study and the avenues for future research are also discussed.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 26 November 2020
Open Access Date: 26 November 2022
Document version: AM
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This document was published in: Journal of cleaner production, Vol. 291, 1-34 (2021)
Oxford Butterworth-Heinemann
Alternative version: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.125267
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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