Title

International Certification in Developing Countries: The Role of Internal and External Institutional Pressure

Abstract

This paper examines the different internal and external institutional factors that affect the decision of businesses in developing countries to adopt international certification (IC). Past studies focus on pressure from international laws, the role of multinationals, and businesses mimicking practices of their counterparts in developed countries. This paper finds that, in addition to these external factors, internal factors may have a significant role. Even though environmental regulation is weak in developing countries, governments do not ignore industrial pollution and casualties. They respond by increasing bureaucratic regulations for businesses and this can affect the decision to adopt IC. Furthermore, internal pressure may come from workers' unions that push for a safe and healthy working environment.

Department(s)

Economics

Keywords and Phrases

Bureaucratic requirements; Environmental management practices; Environmental regulation; Industrial pollution; ISO 14001

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0301-4797

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2014 Academic Press, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Nov 2014

PubMed ID

24975804

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