An investigation of the effects of home country institutional profile on the adoption of ISO 14001 standard by MNC subsidiaries in Hong Kong

Haque, Monalisa (2018) An investigation of the effects of home country institutional profile on the adoption of ISO 14001 standard by MNC subsidiaries in Hong Kong. Masters thesis (MPhil), University of Sussex.

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Abstract

The purpose of this research is to gain a better understanding about the imprinting effects of institutional dimensions on the adoption of Environmental Management System (EMS) by MNC subsidiaries in a host location, in this case, Hong Kong. The increasing importance of environment management by MNC firms because of globalisation has been the motivating factor to undertake this research. The study employs a cross-sectional quantitative research strategy and carries out a secondary data analysis technique to examine the imprinting effects of the home country’s formal institutions on the adoption of ISO 14001 standard. The study contributes to the International Management discipline in environmental management, highlighting the role of the home country in environmental standards adoption at the subsidiary level. It provides an explanation about the imprinting effect of different dimensions of the home country formal institution on the adoption of ISO 14001 standard byMNC subsidiaries. It also makes a methodological contribution by accounting for the variable effects of institutional conditions of different home countries. The findings of the study partially validate proposed hypotheses suggesting that the home country’s institutions do influence MNC subsidiaries to adopt environmental management standards, i.e. ISO 14001 standard, due to the imprinting effect. Further, these effects are observed to increase in the case of high polluting industry and home countries with high level of Greenhouse Gas Emission.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE300 Environmental management
H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions > HC0470.3 Hong Kong
T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS0155 Production management. Operations management
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 11:51
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2018 11:51
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/74272

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