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SMEs and the Potential for A Collaborative Path to Environmental Responsibility

Lewis, KV and Cassells, S and Roxas, H (2014) SMEs and the Potential for A Collaborative Path to Environmental Responsibility. Business Strategy and the Environment, 24 (8). pp. 750-764. ISSN 1099-0836

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Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP EnvironmentGlobally, the potential for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to collectively impact negatively on the environment is great. Therefore, the adoption, and maintenance, of environmentally responsible practices by this group of firms is especially critical. Studies of environmental practices successfully implemented by small firms have revealed that relationships with other firms, or other organizations, can contribute to greater awareness of the benefits of such activities and, therefore, enhance the possibility of environmental engagement. Collaborative relationships may provide opportunities for SMEs to overcome some of the barriers to implementing environmental initiatives associated with their size, and/or associated characteristics. This paper focuses on attitudes of SME owner-managers to a variety of environmental issues (including regulation and voluntary standards), and to collaborating with other firms (in either a formal or informal sense). The data this paper draws upon are from two waves of an ongoing longitudinal survey of New Zealand SMEs. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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