The Moderating Effects of Institutional Pressures on Emergent Green Supply Chain Practices and Performance

International Journal of Production Research, Forthcoming

35 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2007 Last revised: 28 Sep 2008

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Qinghua Zhu

Dalian University of Technology

Joseph Sarkis

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI); Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Foisie Business School

Abstract

While building their reputation as a major manufacturing prowess, Chinese industry has experienced increasing ecological pressures from a variety of institutional players including market, governmental, and competitive sources. In response to these pressures some organizations initiate emergent green supply chain management (GSCM) practices. A moderated hierarchical regression analysis of data provided by 341 Chinese manufacturer respondents was completed to examine the relationships between GSCM practice, environmental and economic performance, incorporating three moderating factors market, regulatory and competitive institutional pressures. The results reveal that: (1) Chinese manufacturers have experienced increasing environmental pressure to implement GSCM practices; (2) The existence of market (normative) and regulatory (coercive) pressures influences organizations to have improved environmental performance, especially when these pressures cause adoption of eco-design and green purchasing practices; (3) Manufacturers facing higher regulatory pressures tend to implement green purchasing and investment recovery; (4) Competitive (mimetic) pressure existence significantly improves the economic benefits from adoption of a number of GSCM practices with no deleterious influences on environmental performance; (5) None of the institutional pressures contribute to or lessen possible 'win-win' situations for organizations. Implications for operations strategists and organizational sustainability planners from these relationships are also discussed.

Keywords: Green supply chain management, Moderated hierarchical regression, Institutional Theory, Empirical study, Corporate Environmental Management, Corporate Social Responsibility

JEL Classification: M1, M11, O13, M14

Suggested Citation

Zhu, Qinghua and Sarkis, Joseph, The Moderating Effects of Institutional Pressures on Emergent Green Supply Chain Practices and Performance. International Journal of Production Research, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=973416

Qinghua Zhu (Contact Author)

Dalian University of Technology ( email )

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Joseph Sarkis

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) ( email )

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Foisie Business School ( email )

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United States
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