Title

Environmental management practices and performance of international suppliers located in China : how does relationship learning matter?

Document Type

Book chapter

Source Publication

Asian businesses in a turbulent environment : uncertainty and coping strategies

Publication Date

1-1-2016

First Page

167

Last Page

183

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Keywords

Environmental sustainability, Relationship learning, Green supply chain

Abstract

Environmentalism and sustainability requirements have become increasingly important issues of concern in Asian economies. Increasing government regulations and consumer and activist movements have repeatedly called for greener supply chain activities. However, the extant studies examined only the direct effect of environmental management practices on a firm’s competitiveness and performance and hence ignored the intervening learning processes. Framed within the resource-based view of the firm, the current inquiry investigates environmental management practices as a kind of resource inputs accounting for an international supplier firm’s relational learning to address its international buyers’ environmental concerns, which in turn fosters competitive outcomes. The resultant findings clearly show that learning from foreign partners and collaborating with them can upgrade the capabilities of Chinese firms for sustainable development.

DOI

10.1057/978-1-137-48887-9_8

Publisher Statement

Copyright © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

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Additional Information

ISBN of the source publication: 9781137488855

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Recommended Citation

Li, E. L.-y. (2016). Environmental management practices and performance of international suppliers located in China: How does relationship learning matter? In T. S. Chan & Geng Cui (Eds.), Asian businesses in a turbulent environment: Uncertainty and coping strategies (pp. 167-183). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-48887-9_8