Corporate Environmentalism in China and Taiwan (Studies on by Terence Tsai

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He attributed the relocation to ‘growth and industrialisation in the developing countries’ and to the ‘policies of site exclusion’ rather than to the ‘movement of world environmental legislation’ and argued that, as of 1988, ‘pollution havens’ had not become apparent. Studies of landmark pollution tragedies at MNCs’ facilities in developing countries form another line of inquiry (Bowonder, Kasperson, and Kasperson 1985; Castleman and Purkavastha 1985; Gladwin 1985; Morell and Poznanski 1981; Bowonder and Linstone 1987; Gladwin 1987; Lagadec 1987; Shrivastava 1987; Weir 1987).

However, for reasons of scope limitation and consistency with the chosen paradigm, business and corporate ethics are treated in this research as an inner contextual factor (Pettigrew 1987) and will be accounted for in the following discussion on institutional theory. 3 The greening of institutional theory ‘Institutional arrangement constrains individual behaviour by rendering some choices unviable, precluding particular courses of action, and restraining certain patterns of resource allocation’ (Powell and DiMaggio 1991:10).

Roome (1992) differed from the aforementioned models by using ‘standards of compliance with legal requirements and responses to social pressures’ in the first three stages of his model and then added ‘operating to standards of managerial excellence and state-of-the-art environmental management, as practised by the leading edge companies in their sectors’ in his last two stages. 2. A major flaw of this system of classification is the difficulty and the ambiguity in assigning stages to companies in a continuous time frame with respect to different criteria, and aggregation of these evaluations (Hass 1996).

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