Environmental Practice Adoption in SMEs : The Effects of Firms' Proactive Orientation and Regulatory Pressure

Tyler, Beverly and Lahneman, Brooke and Cerrato, Daniele and Beukel, Karin and Discua Cruz, Allan and Spielmann, Nathalie and Minciullo, Marco (2023) Environmental Practice Adoption in SMEs : The Effects of Firms' Proactive Orientation and Regulatory Pressure. Journal of Small Business Management. ISSN 0047-2778

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Even with proven benefits of engaging in sustainability, and stakeholder and regulatory pressure to do so, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seldom adopt environmental practices beyond those required. To investigate why some SMEs adopt environmental practices while others do not, we studied the proactive orientation–environmental practices link and the moderation of regulatory pressure on this relationship. Based on a survey of 286 SMEs in the wine industry in Italy, France, Denmark, and the United States, we tested our model using regression analysis. We found support for our hypotheses on the positive proactive orientation-environmental practices link and the enhancing role of regulatory pressure. We conducted further supplementary exploratory analyses to examine these relationships among different types of environmental practices. The findings from our study offer new research directions regarding the nuanced roles of proactive orientation and regulatory pressure in motivating SMEs to adopt more environmental practices.

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Journal of Small Business Management
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?? environmental practicesproactive orientationregulatory pressuresustainabilitysmesgeneral business,management and accountingstrategy and managementmanagement of technology and innovationbusiness, management and accounting(all) ??
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15 May 2023 10:10
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