Applying a network level in environmental impact assessments

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Researchers and society devote increasing interest to environmental impact assessments. The study here discusses and questions current assessment models by relating them to inter-organizational network analyses, and demonstrates that single entities as the basis for environmental impact assessments may not be in the best interests of society. Three case studies focusing on logistical solutions illustrate environmental effects on a single-entity and a network level. The paper concludes that considering environmental impacts on a single-entity level disregards indirect effects, which in turn has consequences for the environment. The paper points to the importance of identifying the appropriate level for analysis of environmental impacts since the single entity as the basis for assessments may undermine environmentally friendly intentions. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


  • Christina Öberg
  • Maria Huge-Brodin
  • Maria Bjorklund
Research areas and keywords

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  • Business Administration


  • Environment, Assessment, Resource, Behavior, Network
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-255
JournalJournal of Business Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch