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Environmental management practices, operational competitiveness and environmental performance: Empirical evidence from a developing country

Samuel Famiyeh (Business School, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Achimota, Ghana)
Ebenezer Adaku (Business School, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Achimota, Ghana)
Kwasi Amoako-Gyampah (Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA)
Disraeli Asante-Darko (Business School, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Achimota, Ghana)
Charles Teye Amoatey (Business School, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Achimota, Ghana)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Article publication date: 14 February 2018

Issue publication date: 28 March 2018

2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between environmental management practices (EMP) and competitive operational performance with respect to reduced cost, improved quality, improved flexibility and improved delivery as well as overall environmental performance, of firms, using data from a developing country.

Design/methodology/approach

The study employed a survey approach with responses from 164 informants from different industries and used partial least squares structural equation modeling to examine the relationship between EMP and competitive operational performance and their overall impact on the environmental performance of firms.

Findings

The results indicate that EMP by firms have a significant positive effect on firms’ competitive operational performance. Again, firms’ competitive operational performance has a partial positive effect on the overall environmental performance. It was also realized that the EMP initiated by a firm have a direct positive impact on the overall environmental performance of the firm.

Research limitations/implications

There is the need for organizations to take steps to plan and implement EMP since it is likely to enhance their competitive operational performance as well as their overall environmental performance.

Practical implications

The findings demonstrate the impact of EMP on competitive operational performance as well as on the overall environmental performance of firms. This is important as firms struggle with balancing investments in those practices against the perceived benefits that might be obtained from the practices.

Originality/value

The work provides insights and adds to the literature in the area of EMP and firm performance by providing evidence from a developing country environment. This study is among the few that have investigated the impact of EMP on firm performance in developing country environments.

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Citation

Famiyeh, S., Adaku, E., Amoako-Gyampah, K., Asante-Darko, D. and Amoatey, C.T. (2018), "Environmental management practices, operational competitiveness and environmental performance: Empirical evidence from a developing country", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 29 No. 3, pp. 588-607. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMTM-06-2017-0124

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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