Authors: Denise Franco; Juliana Veiga Mendes; Luis Antonio De Santa-Eulalia; Ruy Tadashi Yoshino; Gilberto Miller Devós Ganga; Lilia Rekik; Olivier Caya
Addresses: Industrial Engineering Department, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil ' Industrial Engineering Department-Sorocaba, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil ' École de Gestion, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada ' Industrial Engineering Department, Federal University of Technology – Paraná, Brazil ' Industrial Engineering Department, Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil ' École des sciences de l'administration, Université du Québec, Canada ' École de Gestion, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
Abstract: The objective of this study is to capture and analyse the relationship between the pressures that influence the adoption process of GSCM practices in small and medium enterprises from the chemical sector. Data from 26 companies from four different countries were analysed through qualitative comparative analysis to examine the relationship between the pressures towards increasing the rate of adoption of GSCM practices. Empirical results have indicated pressures from regulations, or suppliers, or internal forces (interestingly, mission without market pressures) leads to the adoption of GSCM practices. Surprisingly, pressures from the community have not been identified as a relevant factor influencing the adoption process. Thus, this paper contributes to highlights the complexity of the set of relationships between the pressures driving the adoption of green practices and to the literature by providing a novel way of understanding the process of adoption of these practices by SMEs.
Keywords: qualitative comparative analyses; green practices; small and medium enterprises; chemical sector; environmental management.
International Journal of Integrated Supply Management, 2021 Vol.14 No.3, pp.249 - 270
Received: 23 Apr 2020
Accepted: 14 Oct 2020
Published online: 24 Aug 2021 *