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Environmental orientation in Swedish local governments
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics. (Centre for Management Accounting Research (CMAR))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0378-2995
University of Lodz, Polen. (Centre for Management Accounting Research (CMAR))
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics. (CMAR)
2018 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 10, no 2, p. 1-20, article id 459Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores the environmental orientation in Swedish local governments. Environmental concerns over potential risk factors have become more important and popular among public organizations and environmental improvement efforts are made to create a sustainable ecosystem for the actors doing business, living and working in the area. Prior research indicates that public organizations have started to become more environmentally oriented in order to take on more responsibilities for reducing their own environmental impact as well as influencing the citizens and local businesses in the direction of a more sustainable way of living and working.

Through a survey to Swedish local government we conclude that they are taking on a key role in developing a sustainable ecosystem through becoming more environmentally oriented. This includes developing a framework for setting environmental goals, identifying suitable environmental indicators and reporting to a wide range of stakeholders. A factor that is explaining the increasing environmental orientation in the public sector is the implementation of digitalized performance measurement systems. We find that the environmental performance measurements are used to motivate different internal and external stakeholders in the efforts to create a multi-actor ecosystem.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2018. Vol. 10, no 2, p. 1-20, article id 459
Keywords [en]
environmental orientation, framework for a sustainable ecosystem, performance measurement system, local government, indicators
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Business Administration
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Economy, Ekonomistyrning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-69698DOI: 10.3390/su10020459ISI: 000425943100182Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85041706746OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-69698DiVA, id: diva2:1180742
Available from: 2018-02-06 Created: 2018-02-06 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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