Determining factors of environmental strategic positioning adopted by Portuguese large companies

Sónia Maria da Silva Monteiro (Based in the School of Management of the Cávado and Ave Polytechnic Institute, Portugal)
Beatriz Aibar Guzmán (Based in the Economics and Business Faculty of Santiago de Compostela University, Spain)

Social Responsibility Journal

ISSN: 1747-1117

Publication date: 2 October 2009

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyse the environmental strategic positioning adopted by a sample of large companies operating in Portugal and to identify the main factors which may have significant influence on the adoption of an environmental proactive strategy by a firm.

Design/methodology/approach

The data were collected by sending a postal questionnaire. The paper considers three firm‐specific characteristics which can be associated with the adoption of an environmental proactive positioning: size; industry membership; and type of control of the company's capital.

Findings

The results indicate that there is a positive association between the existence in companies of an environmental department or division and the adoption of an environmental proactive positioning by these companies. However, there is not a significant relationship between adoption of an environmental proactive positioning and three firm‐specific characteristics (industry membership, type of control of company's capital and size).

Research limitations/implications

The sample only focuses on large firms operating in Portugal which belong to environmentally sensitive industries. In consequence, the conclusions cannot be extrapolated to all the Portuguese market. With regard to the method used to gather the data, the authors are aware that questionnaires have some limitations related to subjective interpretation of answers.

Originality/value

The paper adds to the international data on environmental strategic positioning by providing what may well be a first glance into Portuguese situations for English‐language speakers.

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Citation

da Silva Monteiro, S. and Aibar Guzmán, B. (2009), "Determining factors of environmental strategic positioning adopted by Portuguese large companies", Social Responsibility Journal, Vol. 5 No. 4, pp. 478-498. https://doi.org/10.1108/17471110910995348

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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