Small and Medium Sized Companies in Europe - Environmental Performance, Competitiveness and Management: International EU Case Studies

Edited by Hitchens, D.M.W.N., Trainor, M., Clausen, J., Thankappan, S., Marchi, B.d. 
Springer  2003  

Hardcover  XIV, 236 pp, 20 illus  ISBN 9783540401476      £135.00
The environmental performance of SMEs (Small and Medium sized Enterprises) is an area of major policy concern. SMEs in Europe reports on factors influencing the environmental performance of SMEs across four European countries: the UK, Ireland, Germany and Italy. While there are a range of factors which are expected to influence the take up of clean technology, this book focuses on three key hypotheses, namely firm competitiveness, culture and use and availability of information and advice. The book is unique as it is based on in-depths interviews conducted in 300 SMEs and an additional postal survey with more than 800 replies.

Contents Study Background.- Method.- Industrial Sectors Considered.- Furniture Industry.- Textile Finishing Industry.- Fruit & Vegetable Processing Industry.- Sources of Advice (SOA).- Cultural Attitudes.- Summary and Conclusions.- References.- Index.
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