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The determinants of mining company response to environmental approvals regulation: A report of Australian research

Annandale, D. and Taplin, R. (2003) The determinants of mining company response to environmental approvals regulation: A report of Australian research. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 46 (6). pp. 887-909.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0964056032000157651
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Abstract

Companies react in different ways to environmental regulation. A prevailing view in the literature suggests that external factors, particularly stakeholder groups, exert the most influence on the environmental responses of firms. This paper reports on research that examines the influence of a range of possible determinants, both internal and external, on the way Australian mining companies respond to environmental approvals regulation. External pressures included stakeholder pressure, jurisdictional culture and market characteristics, and internal pressures included organizational culture, organizational learning, the influence of individuals within firms and company size. The study found that the internal pressures of organizational culture, organiza tional learning and the influence of individuals exert the greatest influence on mining company response to environmental approvals regulation. These results suggest that existing explanations of corporate environmental behaviour, which emphasize external factors, should be complemented by a focus on the internal dynamics of firms.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
Copyright: 2003 University of Newcastle upon Tyne
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/16688
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