Investigation of the imprinting effect of home country institution on the adoption of ISO 14001 standard by MNC subsidiaries

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Abstract

The paper argues that home country institution matters in the adoption of ISO 14001 standard by MNC subsidiaries. Using ‘Organisational Imprinting’ theory the study tests the hypotheses and carries out a cross-sectional analysis using secondary data sources: ORBIS database, the directory of ISO 14001 certified companies published by the Government of Hong Kong , the World Bank’s World-Wide Governance Indicators (Kaufmann et al., 2009) and the GLOBE database (House et al., 2004).The empirical findings support the hypothesis on the positive relationship between imprinting effects of home country institution and ISO 14001 adoption by subsidiaries. Further, findings also suggest that the imprinting effect is more in the case of firms operating in high polluting industries. In addition, the findings confirm that firms originating in countries with high level of GHG emissions reflect greater level of imprinting effect.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish Academy of Management 2018 Conference Proceedings
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)978-0-9956413-1-0
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2018
Event32nd Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management - Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sep 20186 Sep 2018
https://www.bam.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info

Conference

Conference32nd Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management
Abbreviated titleBAM 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBristol
Period4/09/186/09/18
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Keywords

  • environmental initiatives
  • Environmental management systems
  • institutional theory
  • imprinting effect
  • MNCs
  • subsidiaries

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