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SME Managers’ Perceptions of Competitive Pressure and the Adoption of Environmental Practices in Fragmented Industries: A Multi-Country Study in the Wine Industry

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>5/10/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Organization and Environment
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date5/10/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This study explains how managers’ perceptions of pressure from competitors and industry associations to adopt environmental practices are associated with the adoption of such practices, and firm performance in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in fragmented industries. First, we hypothesize, in fragmented industries, perceived weaker competitive pressure focuses SME managers’ attention on opportunities associated with the adoption of environmental practices, resulting in further adoption of such practices. We also hypothesize that perceived stronger competitive pressure focuses managers’ attention on competitive threats and efforts to maximize value creation from adopted practices, thus, positively moderating the relationship between adopted environmental practices and financial performance. We test our hypotheses with survey data from wineries and vineyards in Italy, France, Denmark, and the United States, and find support for both hypotheses. These findings deepen our understanding of how SMEs in fragmented industries respond to perceived competitive pressure to adopt environmental practices.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Organization and Environment, ? (?), 2018, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2018 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Organization and Environment page: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/OAE on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/