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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter starts by looking at waste production as the inevitable by-product of business activity. Then it examines the challenges to corporate environmental management that come from shifting public attitudes, the opposing ideological frameworks that proponents of the environmental movement advance, the limitations of economic analysis and reasoning for resolving controversial environmental dilemmas, and the inadequacies of scientific and technical information for accomplishing this purpose. The chapter then discusses solid waste management and atmospheric pollution as central issues in corporate environmental management. It concludes with an examination of strategic environmental management (SEM), a capability within the resource-based view (RBV) of the firm that can lead to better outcomes for companies and for society. The roles of public policies, markets, and the values and beliefs in firms acquiring a capability for SEM are considered.

Keywords: economic analysis, environmental movement, environmental policy, strategic environmental management, resource-based view

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