Barriers to environmental management in clusters of small businesses in Brazil and Japan: from a lack of knowledge to a decline in traditional knowledge

Jabbour, Charbel José Chiappetta and Puppim de Oliveira, José A., (2012). Barriers to environmental management in clusters of small businesses in Brazil and Japan: from a lack of knowledge to a decline in traditional knowledge. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 19(3), 247-257

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    Author Jabbour, Charbel José Chiappetta
    Puppim de Oliveira, José A.
    Title Barriers to environmental management in clusters of small businesses in Brazil and Japan: from a lack of knowledge to a decline in traditional knowledge
    Appearing in International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
    Volume 19
    Issue No. 3
    Publication Date 2012
    Place of Publication Abingdon, UK
    Publisher Taylor & Francis
    Start page 247
    End page 257
    Abstract

    This study aimed to examine the main barriers to environmental management (EM) in two clusters of small businesses (SBs). A study of two clusters was performed: one cluster in Brazil (the leather/shoe sector) and one cluster in Japan (traditional Japanese products). The case studies involved 23 interviews and an analysis of 12 SBs within these clusters. The Japanese cluster has more proactive environmental governance than the Brazilian cluster. The main barrier to environmental improvement in the Brazilian cluster is the lack of information; the main barrier to EM in the Japanese cluster is the decline of traditional and environmentally friendly knowledge. The originality of the research is linked to the scarcity of studies of EM within clusters and SBs, the comparative approach of the Brazilian and Japanese cases and the discovery of a new barrier to EM for SBs (i.e. the decline of traditional knowledge).

    Keyword Environmental management
    Small businesses
    Clusters
    Brazil
    Japan
    Copyright Holder Taylor & Francis
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 1350-4509
    DOI 10.1080/13504509.2011.634929
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