Greening Chinese Business: Barriers, Trends and Opportunities for Environmental Management by Fang Zhaoben, Lu Wei, Ulrich Steger, Wei Lu (Hardback, 2003)
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- DescriptionEnvironmental regulation in China is t really different from that in the rest of the world, except that environmental authorities are relatively new and less established. In order to understand why corporate environmental performance has hardly improved despite the existing regulatory framework, empirical research on high-level executives' perceptions of environmental protection is essential. This unique book analyses and interprets Chinese managers' perceptions of environmental management and regulatory enforcement practices in Chinese enterprises. Most importantly, it identifies the bottlenecks to environmental protection in Chinese firms. It includes a detailed analysis of the needs for management training (for example, CEO and executive development and MBA education) in China and presents a roadmap of how they can be met. Finally, it presents two case studies that illustrate how Chinese corporations currently react to a wide range of different environmental challenges, including hardening regulatory pressure, competition and lack of capital. Based on an invative research project sponsored by the UNESCO/UNDP offices in Beijing and undertaken by the Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland and the Business School of the Academy of Science and Techlogy (USTC), Hefei, China, Greening Chinese Business provides the first hard empirical evidence of how Chinese managers view environmental protection. Over 300 companies-both state-owned enterprises and SMEs-took part in the research. Key findings include * Around 70% of managers surveyed admit moderate or even heavy environmental impact (this is a subjective assessment without an external benchmark). Furthermore, they indicate that the lack of environmental performance is primarily due to insufficient managerial expertise, capital and employment-related protectionism. * Managers hesitate to take necessary action to upgrade technical equipment, because, although decreasing pollution, upgrading would lead to lay-offs that, in turn, would diminish social stability. Since the latter is first priority in China, managers fear loss of their companies'-and, attached to that, their personal-image, which plays a very important role in Chinese culture. * Regulative enforcement has been strong eugh to put environmental management on the to do lists of Chinese managers. Nevertheless, managers criticise existing enforcement practices as being too lax and untransparent (due to local protectionism, bribery and lack of expertise in the enforcement institutions). * Managers consider environmental functionaries-the Chinese equivalent of an environmental protection agency-and the government to be the most important environmental stakeholders. This is a clear sign for their predominantly reactive attitude towards environmental protection: few Chinese companies are going beyond compliance and pioneering integrated approaches to pollution prevention. The research shows similarities between current Chinese company approaches and the state of the art in industrial centres of OECD countries such as Germany in the 1960s. * Apart from a lack of capital, managers cite a lack of expertise-managerial more than technical-as the main obstacle to greening their organisations. Environmental management programmes need to be developed: competence-building should start with CEOs and executives. Greening Chinese Business will aid readers to understand how: Chinese managers perceive and react to the increasing (more external than internal) pressure to improve environmental protection; understand the regulatory, public and business environment in which Chinese managers make decisions about environmental protection; understand the potential for improvement of this regulatory, public and business environment, either as a manager or an external stakeholder and develop strategies that lead to improved stakeholder relationships and, consequently, to competitive advantage; understand th
- Author BiographyUlrich Steger is Alcan Professor of Environmental Management at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Switzerland, and Director of IMD's Forum for Corporate Sustainability Management and Corporate Governance Research Initiative. He directs major partnership programmes with DaimlerChrysler and Allianz. He holds an Honorary Professorship for International Management at the Technical University Berlin and was formerly a professor at The European Business School (Germany), a Harvard University Fellow (USA) and guest professor at St Gallen University (Switzerland). Elected to the German Bundestag (1976-84), he was Minister of Economics and Technology for Hesse. As a board member of Volkswagen, he was in charge of environment and traffic matters and the implementation of a worldwide environmental strategy. He has published extensively, most recently Corporate Diplomacy: Strategies for a Volatile World (John Wiley, 2002). Fang Zhaoben is Dean of the Business School and Professor of Finance and Statistics at the University of Science and Technology of China and former Dean of the Mathematics Department. He has led and chaired many research projects funded by international organisations and the China National Science Foundation. He is a member of the American Statistics Association and Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He is the author of more than ten books and many papers published in China and abroad. Lu Wei is Associate Professor at the University of Science and Technology of China Business School. He is active in management consulting and corporate training and has been involved in many international projects including the Renewable Energy Business Development Training in China programme, sponsored by the W. Alton Jones Foundation and the World Wide Fund for Nature. He was formerly a management consultant at Anhui Management Development Centre, which was sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency. Lu Wei has written and translated extensively, and has recently translated Ulrich Steger's The Strategic Dimension of Environmental Management (USTC Press, 2002).
- Author(s)Fang Zhaoben,Lu Wei,Ulrich Steger,Wei Lu
- PublisherGreenleaf Publishing
- Date of Publication31/03/2003
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Place of PublicationSheffield
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintGreenleaf Publishing
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight480 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
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