A Study on the Effect of Applying Information Technology to Environmental Management on Firm Competitiveness

Yi-You Hou, Hsin-Yin Hsieh, Ming-Hung Lin

Ekoloji, 2019, Issue 107, Pages: 679-685, Article No: e107084


Download Full Text (PDF)


Countries in the world are enhancing the concerns about environmental protection issues so that cross-international ecological environmental protection has become a primary agenda in the 21st century. A lot of countries have optimistically expected the achievement of economic development together with environmental protection; unfortunately, the natural ecological environment seems not to afford the highly economic use. No matter how good the products of a high-tech business, the damage of the production process or use process on the environmental ecology would be a key factor in the selection of orders. Nevertheless, in face of such a green impact, the attitudes and coping methods would greatly affect the future transformation and the enhancement of competitiveness of high-tech industry. Aiming at high-tech industry in Taiwan, total 320 copies of questionnaire are distributed, and 254 valid copies are retrieved, with the retrieval rate 79%. The research results summarize significantly positive effects of 1. information technology on environmental management, 2. environmental management on firm competitiveness, and 3. information technology on firm competitiveness. According to the results, suggestions are proposed in this study, expecting to establish the integrated structure management with environmental protection and optimal quality in the product production or service process of high-tech industry as the required advantage and condition for future market competition.


information technology, environmental management, firm competitiveness


  • Abdelzaher D, Newburry W (2016) Do green policies build green reputations?. Journal of Global Responsibility, 7(2): 226-246.
  • Abdul-Rashid SH, Sakundarini N, Raja Ghazilla RA, Thurasamy R (2017) The impact of sustainable manufacturing practices on sustainability performance: empirical evidence from Malaysia. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 37(2): 182-204.
  • Ahmadi A, Bouri A (2017) The relationship between financial attributes, environmental performance and environmental disclosure: Empirical investigation on French firms listed on CAC 40. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, 28(4): 490-506.
  • Alt E, Díez-de-Castro EP, Lloréns-Montes FJ (2015) Linking employee stakeholders to environmental performance: the role of proactive environmental strategies and shared vision. Journal of Business Ethics, 128(1): 167-181.
  • Bae HS (2017) The Effect of Environmental Capabilities on Environmental Strategy and Environmental Performance of Korean Exporters for Green Supply Chain Management. The Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics, 33(3): 167-176.
  • Burki U, Dahlstrom R (2017) Mediating effects of green innovations on interfirm cooperation. Australasian Marketing Journal, 25(2): 149-156.
  • Campos LM, Vazquez-Brust DA (2016) Lean and green synergies in supply chain management. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 21(5): 627-641.
  • Chan HK, Yee RW, Dai J, Lim MK (2016) The moderating effect of environmental dynamism on green product innovation and performance. International Journal of Production Economics, 181: 384-391.
  • Chen L, Tang O, Feldmann A (2015) Applying GRI reports for the investigation of environmental management practices and company performance in Sweden, China and India. Journal of Cleaner Production, 98: 36-46.
  • Chen YS, Chang TW, Lin CY, Lai PY, Wang KH (2016) The influence of proactive green innovation and reactive green innovation on green product development performance: The mediation role of green creativity. Sustainability, 8(10): 966.
  • Dai J, Cantor DE, Montabon FL (2017) Examining corporate environmental proactivity and operational performance: A strategy-structure-capabilities-performance perspective within a green context. International Journal of Production Economics, 193: 272-280.
  • Dangelico RM, Pujari D, Pontrandolfo P (2017) Green Product Innovation in Manufacturing Firms: A Sustainability‐Oriented Dynamic Capability Perspective. Business Strategy and the Environment, 26(4): 490-506.
  • Danilecki K, Mrozik M, Smurawski P (2017) Changes in the environmental profile of a popular passenger car over the last 30 years–Results of a simplified LCA study. Journal of cleaner production, 141: 208-218.
  • Delmas MA, Pekovic S (2015) Resource efficiency strategies and market conditions. Long Range Planning, 48(2): 80-94.
  • Hallam C, Contreras C (2016) Integrating lean and green management.Management Decision, 54(9): 2157-2187.
  • Lewis H (2017) Product Stewardship in Action: The Business Case for Life-cycle Thinking: Routledge.
  • Lozano R (2015) A holistic perspective on corporate sustainability drivers. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 22(1): 32-44.
  • Lu CS, Lai PL, Chiang YP (2016) Container terminal employees’ perceptions of the effects of sustainable supply chain management on sustainability performance. Maritime Policy & Management, 43(5): 597-613.
  • Lu K-C, Liu K (2018) Taiwan: The Water-starved Island. Retrieved from https://english.cw.com.tw/article/article.action?id=1876
  • Mathiyazhagan K, Diabat A, Al-Refaie A, Xu L (2015) Application of analytical hierarchy process to evaluate pressures to implement green supply chain management. Journal of Cleaner Production, 107: 229-236.
  • Przychodzen J, Przychodzen W (2015) Relationships between eco-innovation and financial performance–evidence from publicly traded companies in Poland and Hungary. Journal of Cleaner Production, 90: 253-263.
  • Rozar NM, Mahmood WHW, Ibrahim A, Razik MA (2015). A study of success factors in green supply chain management in manufacturing industries in Malaysia. J Econ Bus Manag, 3(2): 287-291.
  • Saeidi SP, Sofian S, Saeidi P, Saeidi SP, Saaeidi SA (2015) How does corporate social responsibility contribute to firm financial performance? The mediating role of competitive advantage, reputation, and customer satisfaction. Journal of Business Research, 68(2): 341-350.
  • Tan Y, Ochoa JJ, Langston C, Shen L (2015) An empirical study on the relationship between sustainability performance and business competitiveness of international construction contractors. Journal of Cleaner Production 93: 273-278.
  • Yang J, Han Q, Zhou J, Yuan C (2015) The influence of environmental management practices and supply chain integration on technological innovation performance—Evidence from China’s manufacturing industry. Sustainability, 7(11): 15342-15361.
  • Yu J, Lo CWH, Li PHY (2017) Organizational visibility, stakeholder environmental pressure and corporate environmental responsiveness in China. Business Strategy and the Environment, 26(3): 371-384.
  • Yu W, Ramanathan R (2016) Environmental management practices and environmental performance: The roles of operations and marketing capabilities. Industrial Management & Data Systems, 116(6): 1201-1222.
  • Zhang H, Yang F (2016) On the drivers and performance outcomes of green practices adoption: an empirical study in China. Industrial Management & Data Systems, 116(9): 2011-2034.