Previously published as: Environmental Management and Health
Online from: 2003
Subject Area: Environmental Management/Environment
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|Title:||A framework for environmental management system adoption and maintenance: an Australian perspective|
|Author(s):||Ambika Zutshi, (Deakin University, Bowater School of Management & Marketing, Faculty of Business & Law, Burwood, Victoria, Australia), Amrik S. Sohal, (Department of Management, Monash University, Faculty of Business & Economics, Caulfield East, Victoria, Australia)|
|Citation:||Ambika Zutshi, Amrik S. Sohal, (2005) "A framework for environmental management system adoption and maintenance: an Australian perspective", Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Vol. 16 Iss: 5, pp.464 - 475|
|Keywords:||Australia, Environmental management, International standards|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/14777830510614330 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a framework for environmental management system (EMS) adoption which can be used by managers to enable them to achieve a faster, smoother, effective and sustainable EMS implementation. This is termed by the authors as “successful” EMS implementation.
Design/methodology/approach – The framework presented is based on an extensive field study conducted in Australia that included a questionnaire survey and in-depth interviews conducted with practitioners, the results of which have been reported in this and other journals.
Findings – The framework presented covers three distinct phases, namely development, certification and maintenance and continuous improvement. Preliminary assessment of this framework by a group of Australian experts that included four senior managers, one academic and one consultant suggests that this framework is a useful tool for implementing an effective EMS.
Practical implications – Each of the three phases of the framework provides a step-by-step approach and a sequential map towards a successful EMS implementation.
Originality/value – The framework has been developed from extensive fieldwork and has been validated by a group of “experts” which comprised of four industry practitioners, one management academic, and one EMS consultant. The framework provides a detailed understanding of the steps involved in the implementation, certification, and maintenance of EMS.
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