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Corporate greening and changing regulatory regimes: the UK water industry

Schaefer, Anja (2009). Corporate greening and changing regulatory regimes: the UK water industry. Business Strategy and the Environment, 18(5) pp. 320–333.

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This article looks at the relationship between economic regulation, environmental regulation, company strategy and the environment in the UK water and sewerage industry. The regulatory field in this industry, following privatization in 1989, is highly complex and interdependent. The paper presents three case studies of company interpretation of and response to changes in this regulatory field, focusing particularly on the third review by the economic regulator, in 1999, which involved a reduction of the prices companies were allowed to charge their customers. This had significant but complex repercussions for environmental strategy and management in the companies, with different impacts on mandatory and non-mandatory activities. It also showed in relief the opportunities for building coalitions between companies and the environmental regulator, both in general terms and revolving around specific, local environmental issues and schemes. Companies' strategic direction was also found to have an impact on their response to the regulatory review.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2007 ERP Environment
ISSN: 1099-0836
Keywords: environmental management and strategy; UK water industry; economic regulation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 10928
Depositing User: Anja Schaefer
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 09:10
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