Determinants of environmental standard adoption by Multinational Corporations: a review of extant literature

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Multinational Corporations’ (MNCs’) environmental management effort is becoming increasingly important, and research on MNCs’ environmental management issues has grown over the years. Although existing studies have provided significant contributions to knowledge, the extant research have had limitations in capturing the breadth of factors that affect the adoption of environmental management standards by MNC subsidiaries in a host country context. This chapter provides a review of extant literature on the determinants of MNCs’ environmental management standard adoption thus sheds light on how MNC subsidiaries can adopt such standards in a cross-border context. A detailed analysis of theoretical explanation and empirical findings of existing literature is presented and summarized identifying institutional, market, non-market and firm-level factors. The chapter concludes with an argument that home country institutional environment matters in the adoption of environmental management standard (ISO 14001) by MNC subsidiaries at the host country context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNon-Market Strategies in International Business
Subtitle of host publicationHow MNEs Capture Value Through Their Political, Social and Environmental Strategies
EditorsVikrant Shirodkar, Roger Strange, Steven McGuire
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-35074-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-35073-4
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2020

Publication series

NameThe Academy of International Business
PublisherPalgrave MacMillan
ISSN (Print)2662-1223


  • environmental strategies
  • environmental initiatives
  • Adoption of clean technologies
  • MNEs
  • institutional theory
  • Headquarters-Subsidiary
  • Emerging countries


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