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Strategic learning through corporate environmental management: implementing the ISO 14001 standard

Author: Epstein, Marc J. ; Roy, M. J.INSEAD Area: Accounting and Control Series: Working Paper ; 97/61/AC Publisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD Centre for the Management of Environmental and Social Responsibility (CMER) 1997.Language: EnglishDescription: 40 p.Type of document: INSEAD Working Paper Online Access: Click here Abstract: Since the adoption of ISO 14001, comapnies have examined the standard and considered certification. But though the framework is useful and enhancing environmental management systems is beneficial, the adoption of ISO 14001 alone will not provide maximum company benefits. Companies must strive for an improvement in environmental performance and financial performance that can only be accomplished through significant changes in corporate culture, structure and systems. By developing core capabilities such as skills and knowledge, physical technical systems, managerial systems and values and norms companies can develop organizational learning to increase sustainable competitive advantage. This article examines how the ISO 14000 series of standards can be used to improve organizational learning and environmental management
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Since the adoption of ISO 14001, comapnies have examined the standard and considered certification. But though the framework is useful and enhancing environmental management systems is beneficial, the adoption of ISO 14001 alone will not provide maximum company benefits. Companies must strive for an improvement in environmental performance and financial performance that can only be accomplished through significant changes in corporate culture, structure and systems. By developing core capabilities such as skills and knowledge, physical technical systems, managerial systems and values and norms companies can develop organizational learning to increase sustainable competitive advantage. This article examines how the ISO 14000 series of standards can be used to improve organizational learning and environmental management

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