Substantive versus symbolic implementation of ISO 14001: The role of corporate headquarters

Deepa Aravind, Petra Christmann

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Abstract

Recent studies that suggest that the quality of implementation of certified environmental management systems such as ISO 14001 varies across certified firms have raised concerns about the usefulness of certifiable standards as mechanisms for firm self-regulation. This study contributes to this debate and to the institutional theory literature on the symbolic and substantive adoption of practices by analyzing how corporate strategies and organizational controls implemented by corporate headquarters affect the quality of ISO 14001 implementation at the facility level using data from a mail questionnaire survey of 128 ISO 14001 certified U.S. facilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event67th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2007 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Aug 3 2007Aug 8 2007

Other

Other67th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Period8/3/078/8/07

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

Keywords

  • Environmental management systems
  • ISO 14001
  • Symbolic implementation

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