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The use of environmental performance indicators in "the greenest city in Europe"
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, Poland. (Centre for Management Accounting Research (CMAR))
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics. (Centre for Management Accounting Research)
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics. (Centre for Management Accounting Research)
2019 (English)In: Baltic Journal of Management, ISSN 1746-5265, E-ISSN 1746-5273, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 122-140Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: the purpose of this study, based on the Swedish city Växjö, which is called “the greenest city in Europe”, is to examine how and why municipal managers and CEOs for municipally owned companies use environmental performance indicators.   

Design/methodology/approach: a case study approach as a research design was used. Eighteen semi-structured interviews were conducted among managers for municipal departments, municipal company CEOs, politicians and employees at the environmental office.

Findings: this study conclude that the environmental indicators, which are a part of the Environmental Program at the municipality, are used by department managers mainly for resource allocation, control and for teaching of the employees. The CEOs for the municipal companies are using the environmental indicators for communicating with external stakeholders and are seeing the indicators primarily as a marketing tool. Department manager´s internal use of environmental information could be explained by their inward orientation towards the municipality itself and not to the external stakeholders. The main motivation for the department managers to use the environmental information is to gain access to resources for projects within their departments. The company managers for the municipal companies express their motivation for using the environmental indicators when they do business with external stakeholders and they realize that this can help to create a competitive advantage. In summary, the explanation to why the Environmental Program is used in the municipality can be found in a strong demand from the local politicians to push the “green agenda”.  

Research implications/limitations: as in any case study, generalizations from the research should be made with care, but since this is only one municipality further research is needed to find additional evidences.  

Originality/value: the research adds to the literature by examining different patterns of using environmental performance indicators in an unique setting – in Växjö Municipality which is called “the greenest city in Europe”, which is one of the “pioneers” in environmental work and is extensively using performance indicators.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019. Vol. 14, no 1, p. 122-140
Keywords [en]
environmental performance indicators, public sector, use of information, local government
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Business Administration
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Economy, Ekonomistyrning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-70013DOI: 10.1108/BJM-01-2018-0028ISI: 000454911700008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85056170591OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-70013DiVA, id: diva2:1253160
Available from: 2018-10-03 Created: 2018-10-03 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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