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Integrating environmental management control systems to translate environmental strategy into managerial performance

Peter G. Rötzel (Department of Accounting and Information Systems, TH Aschaffenburg, Aschaffenburg, Germany and Institute of Business Administration, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany)
Alexander Stehle (Institute of Business Administration, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany)
Burkhard Pedell (Institute of Business Administration, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany)
Katrin Hummel (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland)

Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change

ISSN: 1832-5912

Article publication date: 22 November 2019

Issue publication date: 22 November 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the role of environmental management control systems as mechanisms to translate environmental strategy into environmental managerial performance.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on survey data from 218 firms, the authors test a structural equation model.

Findings

The results show that environmental management control systems mediate the relationship between environmental strategy and environmental managerial performance. Moreover, the level of integration between regular and environmental management control systems significantly impacts the relationship between environmental management control systems and environmental managerial performance. Therefore, environmental management control systems are important mechanisms to translate environmental strategy into managerial performance, and a high level of integration can reinforce this role.

Research limitations/implications

The typical shortcomings of survey-based research apply to this study.

Originality/value

While previous research focuses primarily on environmental performance at the organizational level, this study addresses individual managerial performance with regard to environmental outcomes. In addition, the authors investigate how the level of integration between regular and environmental management control systems influences the relationship between environmental strategy and environmental managerial performance as well as the mediating role of environmental management control systems.

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Citation

Rötzel, P.G., Stehle, A., Pedell, B. and Hummel, K. (2019), "Integrating environmental management control systems to translate environmental strategy into managerial performance", Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 626-653. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAOC-08-2018-0082

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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