Is the adoption of environmental practices a strategical decision for small service companies?

Llorenç Bagur‐Femenias (Barcelona School of Management – Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)
Josep Llach (Departament d'Organització, Gestió Empresarial i Disseny de Producte, Universitat de Girona Escola Politècnica Superior, Girona, Spain)
María del Mar Alonso‐Almeida (Department of Business Organization, Faculty of Economics and Business Organization, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Publication date: 1 February 2013



The purpose of this study is to explore the impact of the decision to adopt environmental practices in small service companies given that most of the studies on environmental practices focus on the industrial sector and on larger companies.


This work is based on 448 personal surveys involving the managers of small travel agencies, using structural equation modeling to study the links between the dimensions studied.


The results of this paper suggest that being proactive on environmental issues can bring small service companies a great number of benefits that improve their competitiveness and firm performance.


To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first study to explore the impact of the adoption of environmental practices on a single service industry. It therefore provides useful empirical evidence for managerial practice in the industry concerned.



Bagur‐Femenias, L., Llach, J. and del Mar Alonso‐Almeida, M. (2013), "Is the adoption of environmental practices a strategical decision for small service companies?", Management Decision, Vol. 51 No. 1, pp. 41-62.

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