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GLRPPR Sector Resource: How sustainability can give your company a competitive edge

How sustainability can give your company a competitive edge

This article summarizes a study by Christian Hofer (University of Arkansas), David E. Cantor (Iowa State University) and Jing Dai (Iowa State University). They looked at the two largest firms in 48 different manufacturing industries from 2006 to 2009 and found that competition within an industry does affect environmental performance. Specifically, the trio found that businesses are likely to undertake new environmental practices if their rivals had improved their own environmental performance in the previous year. Citation for the summarized research article: Hofer, Christian, Cantor, David E. and Jing Dai. (2012). The competitive determinants of a firm's environmental management activities: Evidence from US manufacturing industries, Journal of Operations Management, 30: 9-84.



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May 29, 2012

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