Lean and Green? Exploring the Spillovers from Lean Production to Environmental Performance

Production and Operations Management, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 244-256

Posted: 7 Oct 2010

See all articles by Andrew A. King

Andrew A. King

Questrom School of Business- Boston University

Michael Lenox

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

Lean production may have a significant public good spillover – improved environmental performance (Florida, 1996; Hart, 1997). However, empirical evidence of the link between lean production practices and environmental performance has not resolved the nature of the relationship. To explore this issue, we conduct an empirical analysis of the environmental performance of 17,499 U.S. manufacturing establishments during the time period 1991-1996. We find that those establishments that adopt the quality management standard ISO 9000 are more likely to adopt the environmental management standard ISO 14000. We also find strong evidence that lean production, as measured by ISO 9000 adoption and low chemical inventories, is complementary to waste reduction and pollution reduction.

Keywords: lean production, environmental performance, ISO 9000, ISO 14000

Suggested Citation

King, Andrew A. and Lenox, Michael, Lean and Green? Exploring the Spillovers from Lean Production to Environmental Performance (2001). Production and Operations Management, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 244-256, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1687960

Andrew A. King

Questrom School of Business- Boston University ( email )

Boston, MA 02215
United States

Michael Lenox (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

HOME PAGE: http://faculty.darden.virginia.edu/LenoxM/index.htm

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
537
PlumX Metrics