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

Ling Yee, Esther LI

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAsian businesses in a turbulent environment : uncertainty and coping strategies
EditorsT. S. CHAN, Geng CUI
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781137488855
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2015 Academy of International Business Southeast Asia regional conference: Global business and consumers in a networked world - Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa , Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 Dec 20155 Dec 2015


Conference2015 Academy of International Business Southeast Asia regional conference
Abbreviated titleAIBSEAR 2015
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  • Environmental sustainability
  • Green supply chain
  • Relationship learning

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