Determinants of Environmental Management Transfer by Japanese Firms in Vietnam

Tatsuo Kimbara, Kazuma Murakami


To achieve sustainable development, it is necessary for multinational enterprises (MNEs) to transfer their environmental practices and technologies to developing countries. With our concern about environmental management transfers, we collected data from 96 subsidiaries in a questionnaire survey conducted in early 2010 in Vietnam. Government regulation, environmental strategy, organization and environmental performance are key factors in an analytical framework that depends on resource-based view. A multi-regression method was used for analysis. We found that ISO14001 and green purchasing in parent firms are positively related to the international transfer of these practices. The results also suggest path dependency in international transfer of environmental practices. It should be emphasized that firms increasingly recognize environmental practices as sources of competitive advantage.

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Journal of Business Administration Research

ISSN 1927-9507 (Print)      ISSN 1927-9515  (Online)

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