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Quality and Environmental Management Linkage: A Review of the Literature

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Department of Management, Faculty of Economics and Business, The University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, 48940 Leioa, Spain
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Département de Management, Faculté des sciences de l’administration, Université Laval, Québec City, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
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Institute of Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, 56127 Pisa, Italy
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Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 4311; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114311
Received: 30 October 2018 / Revised: 17 November 2018 / Accepted: 18 November 2018 / Published: 21 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Quality Management and Sustainable Development)
This article presents a conceptual and empirical review of the literature related to the link between the different perspectives, models, and tools associated with Quality Management and Environmental Management. Several academic works identified in the literature that aimed to establish conceptual similarities between QM and EM are reviewed and discussed. In general, terms, the scholarly literature suggests that the main quality practices and programs associated with the Quality Management paradigm—such as ISO 9001 and Total Quality Management—facilitate the adoption of environmental practices associated with corporate Environmental Management. However, there is evidence of certain limitations driven by different biases, whether or not they are recognized in the reviewed publications. The concentration on some avenues of research focused on very detailed aspects of the linkage between QM and EM is discussed. Conversely, lines that have been overlooked and are in need for more research were also identified. The implications for scholars, such as suggestions for further research, are included as a contribution of the article. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental management; quality management; ISO 9001; Business Excellence Models; EFQM; ISO 14001 environmental management; quality management; ISO 9001; Business Excellence Models; EFQM; ISO 14001
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Allur, E.; Heras-Saizarbitoria, I.; Boiral, O.; Testa, F. Quality and Environmental Management Linkage: A Review of the Literature. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4311.

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