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STRATEGIES FOR THE INTEGRATION AND INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF CLEANER PRODUCTION KNOWLEDGE IN MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (MSMEs)

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Title: STRATEGIES FOR THE INTEGRATION AND INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF CLEANER PRODUCTION KNOWLEDGE IN MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (MSMEs)
Author: Vasquez, Paola
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Rural Studies
Advisor: Lauzon, Al
Abstract: Cleaner Production (CP) was launched as a promising concept to solve the environmental pollution problems caused by industrial sectors; however CP transfer processes have mainly focused on technical aspects, which has limited its expected implementation and integration by firms, especially by MSMEs. Many authors highlight the exclusion or low inclusion of organizational learning aspects as the reason for limited outcomes of CP applications. The research is concerned with organizational learning (OL) around CP. Four case studies provided the empirical data to analyze the enablers and barriers to CP learning process in MSMEs during CP demonstration projects carried out in Colombia (South America). Based on literature review I proposed a new framework that integrates OL and CP (called the 5i CP model), which was validated through its application in empirical cases, and finally modified according to the research findings. The four cases demonstrate that CP learning processes might be greatly influenced by organizational aspects such as the firm’s size, learning culture and the OM’s environmental leadership, and by the CP knowledge providers’ ability to communicate CP ideas and the effectiveness of their mechanisms to transfer new CP knowledge. The research demonstrated that CP transfer projects need to be seen as OL processes rather than purely technical processes. Findings suggest the need for wider CP transfer approaches that include OL elements in the CP transfer processes into MSMEs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10243
Date: 2017-02-10


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