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Are standardized EMSs useful in local authorities? A study of how a tool from the private sector is used in the public sector
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Environmental Technique and Management .
2004 (English)In: Business Strategy and the Environment, ISSN 0964-4733, Vol. 13, no 3, 187-197 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Following the trend in the private sector, standardized environmental management systems (EMSs) have been introduced in several local authorities around the world. When the tool is transferred from the private sector to the public, one can ask how useful the tool is in the new environment, since the private and the public sectors are two different types of social sphere, with different institutional logics. Taking a closer look at the situation in Sweden, this paper aims to investigate the applicability of standardized EMSs in local authorities and the public sector in general. Based on qualitative interviews with public officers in two municipalities in Sweden, it is argued that EMSs are useful in municipalities. However, the study also reveals that an EMS seems to be more suitable for technical service administrations and municipally owned companies than social service administrations. © 2004 John Wiley and Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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2004. Vol. 13, no 3, 187-197 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45758DOI: 10.1002/bse.403OAI: diva2:266654
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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