Fragmented institutional fields and their impact on manufacturing environmental practices

Guang Victor Shi, James Baldwin, S. C.Lenny Koh, Thomas Choi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

17 Scopus citations


In the extant literature, manufacturing environmental practices have been attributed to institutional pressures. This study extends this view by observing how different levels of the institutional field (national level vs. regional market level) would have varied effects on manufacturing environmental practices. We empirically investigate, using structural equation modelling, how different types of the manufacturing environmental practices react differently to pressures from a fragmented institutional field. Two distinct types of manufacturing environmental practices occur at the administrative planning operation and technical core operation. Our results confirm such manufacturing environmental practices at different operations lead to different performance benefits–the administrative environmental planning (AEPs) benefit market growth, whereas the technical core environmental practice (TEP) benefit the environment. National-level pressures do not lead to manufacturing environmental practices. Instead, the findings show that institutional pressures at the regional market level influence both types of manufacturing environmental practices. In the contribution, our study has offered an empirical examination of a fragmented institutional field and the impact on two types of manufacturing environmental practices. Further, we also explicitly identified AEPs that lead to market growth and TEPs that create environmental improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-446
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 17 2018


  • environmental management
  • green manufacturing
  • operations management
  • production organisation
  • work organisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Fragmented institutional fields and their impact on manufacturing environmental practices'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this