Academic journal article Journal of Economic and Social Studies

An Empirical Study on Organizational Infusion of Green Practices in Chinese Logistics Companies

Academic journal article Journal of Economic and Social Studies

An Empirical Study on Organizational Infusion of Green Practices in Chinese Logistics Companies

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Introduction

To pursue sustainable development, many companies are attentive to enhancing their competitiveness through improvements in the environmental performance and mitigating the environmental impact of their production and service activities. As implementing green practices can be regarded as an important means of solving firms' environmental problems, it is particularly important to learn more about the factors influencing green practice implementation. Green management also becomes critical concerns of business research. Many researchers have surveyed firms' implementation of environmental management practices, and proposed various explanations as to what factors influence firms' adoption of green practices. However, scarce attention has been paid on analyzing the infusion behaviors associated with green practices.

Companies may be able to achieve considerable environmental performance by successfully implementation green practices into their work systems. Green practice implementation is a multiphase process consisting of adoption and infusion phases (Winn and Angelí, 2000). Infusion refers to the extent to which an innovation's features are in widespread usage in a complete and sophisticated way (Fichmen 2001; Yan and Fiorito, 2007). Green practice infusion is the incorporation of green practices into work structures. Successful implementation of green practices requires significant involvement in developing operational responses to environmental issues. It is important to understand the infusion of green practices within organizations. Some researchers have analyzed the infusion of green practices within organizations, concerning with the extent to which these practices have been implemented (Fussel and Georg, 2000; Stead et ah, 1998; Winn and Angelí, 2000). However, these studies focused on exploring the infusion process of green practices within an organization. Much remains to be learned empirically about the factors influencing organizational infusion of green practices.

To fill the research gap, this paper studies the infusion of green practices in Chinese logistics service providers. This study focuses on the logistics industry because many logistics operations often lead to several negative environmental impacts. Although there is a burgeoning body of literature concerning with environmental issues in a variety of business disciplines such as manufacturing and marketing, the corresponding literature involving logistics has been still small but expanding (Gunasekaran and Cheng, 2008; Murphy and Foist, 2000). Furthermore, while China continues to develop into a global manufacturing base and a huge consumer market, it suffers from various serious environmental problems such as air pollution, energy waste, and water pollution. Several researchers have investigated the implementation of environmental management in Chinese manufacturing companies. Scant attention has been paid to the environmental issues in Chinese service sectors.

The main purpose of this paper is to study the factors that affect organizational infusion of green practices in Chinese logistics service providers. An understanding of the determinant factors of green practice infusion is essential for researchers to best understand the issues that need to be addressed as well as for practitioners to best implement green practices. Due to the lack of research on determinants of organizational infusion of green practices, this paper can broaden the scope of research on environmental management by providing some explanations as to what factors influencing green practice infusion. Furthermore, as the implementation of green practices not only relates to the logistics industry, but also needs the attention of the government, manufacturers and consumers, verifying possible factors influencing the organizational infusion of green practices can give the government some valuable suggestions in designing environmental policies for the logistics industry, and help manufacturers, consumers, and logistics service providers themselves appreciate the drivers and barriers to implementing green management practices. …

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