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Expansion for pollution reduction? Environmental adaption of a Swedish and a Canadian metal smelter, 1960-2005
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Economic History. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Economic History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3293-2318
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Economic History. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Economic History.
2008 (English)In: Business History, ISSN 0007-6791, Vol. 50, no 4, 530-546 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We examine the historical developments of the environmental adaptation process at one Swedish metal smelting firm, contrasting the result with cases in Canada. The findings suggest that the Swedish system in excluding stakeholders, focusing on plant emissions and stipulating pollution reduction at economically feasible costs mitigated risk which resulted in long-term contracts in a cooperative framework in which engineers were given a high degree of discretion. This enabled an 'expansion-for-emission-reduction' strategy which is consistent with the so-called Porter and van der Linde hypothesis. Moreover, the findings suggest that environmental management systems should be considered in the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) research.

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2008. Vol. 50, no 4, 530-546 p.
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business history, environmental management, Porter and van der Linde hypothesis, Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC)
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Economic History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-10588DOI: doi:10.1080/00076790802106877OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-10588DiVA: diva2:150259
Available from: 2008-10-03 Created: 2008-10-03 Last updated: 2015-03-05Bibliographically approved

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