Environmental management system adoption by government departments/agencies

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Zutshi, Ambika, Sohal, Amrik S. and Adams, Carol. 2008. "Environmental management system adoption by government departments/agencies." International Journal of Public Sector Management. 21 (5), pp. 525-539. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513550810885813
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Environmental management system adoption by government departments/agencies

ERA Journal ID36036
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsZutshi, Ambika, Sohal, Amrik S. and Adams, Carol
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Public Sector Management
Journal Citation21 (5), pp. 525-539
Number of Pages15
Year2008
PublisherEmerald
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0951-3558
1758-6666
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/09513550810885813
Web Address (URL)https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/09513550810885813/full/html
Abstract

Purpose
This paper seeks to examine the adoption of an environmental management system (EMS) in government departments involved in one Australian state and identify the key factors that contribute to successful adoption.

Design/methodology/approach
Data were collected through semi‐structured interviews conducted with environmental coordinators involved in the EMS adoption. The external consultant appointed by the Environmental Protection Authority who provided the training on behalf of the government departments was also interviewed.

Findings
The results from the analysis shows that environmental coordinators valued the training as it enhanced their knowledge and skills. They experienced a combination of both tangible and intangible benefits. The lack of contribution and support from top management; difficulty in accessing resources; and resistance from employees were the main challenges experienced during EMS implementation. Recommendations made by the interviewees included: providing training to top management to increase their understanding of the EMS process and its benefits; selection of the right champion; provision of adequate resources; and, training of employees.

Research limitations/implications
The findings are based on interviews conducted in only one Australian state and no follow up interviews could be undertaken to track the progress made by various departments.

Originality/value
The findings of this paper are original as no other similar study has been undertaken in this Australian state documenting the experiences of environmental coordinators when implementing an EMS. Our findings have practical implications for public sector organisations and government departments implementing EMS.

KeywordsAustralia; Government departments; Environmental management
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410404. Environmental management
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Byline AffiliationsDeakin University
Monash University
La Trobe University
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