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Globalisation, Firm-Level Characteristics and Environmental Management : A Study of Japan
Ecological Economics (2006)
  • Matthew A. Cole, University of Birmingham
  • Robert J.R. Elliott, University of Birmingham
  • Kenichi Shimamoto, University of Birmingham

Using Japanese firm-level data, we identify and quantify the factors that influence the environmental management of Japanese firms. We measure 14 different aspects of a firm’s environmental management and investigate how firm-level characteristics and external pressures affect the quantity and effectiveness of environmental management systems and structures. Our results show that one consequence of the growth in international trade and FDI is that Japanese firms are increasingly aware of their environmental obligations and that both regulatory and non-regulatory factors play a role in a firm’s decision to quantify and manage the impact their activities have on the environment.

  • Globalisation,
  • Environmental Management,
  • Japan
Publication Date
July, 2006
Citation Information
Matthew A. Cole, Robert J.R. Elliott and Kenichi Shimamoto. "Globalisation, Firm-Level Characteristics and Environmental Management : A Study of Japan" Ecological Economics Vol. 59 Iss. 3 (2006)
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