This article links the public-private information and communication structure (IC-structure) and Ajzen¿s model of planned behaviour to explain the development of environmental management systems (EMSs). The structure of the IC-system, especially the public-private information exchange, can influence the priorities of managers in favour of environmental management development. From an survey under medium-sized companies in the Dutch agri-food sector we conclude that the setting of priorities by managers on environmental goals is not significantly influenced by the quality of communication between government and industry. Safeguarding the licence-to-produce makes the norms of non-governmental stakeholder groups of overruling importance for their strategic orientation. Therefore, governmental action to protect the environment should address the perceptions of ngo-stakeholders. For many medium-sized companies, a coercive rather than a co-operative governmental attitude should be adopted. This deviates from the present Dutch public policy, in which non-coercive instruments dominate.
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
|Event||2th International Conference on Economic and Management of Network, EMNET 2005, Budapest, Hungary - |
Duration: 15 Sep 2005 → 17 Sep 2005
|Conference||2th International Conference on Economic and Management of Network, EMNET 2005, Budapest, Hungary|
|Period||15/09/05 → 17/09/05|