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A structural analysis of greening the supplier, environmental performance and competitive advantage

Lee, Voon-Hsien; Ooi, Keng-Boon; Chong, Alain Yee-Loong; Lin, Binshan


Voon-Hsien Lee

Keng-Boon Ooi

Alain Yee-Loong Chong

Binshan Lin


A clear research need has been identified to confirm the structural relationships between greening the supplier, enhanced environmental performance and improved competitive advantage, to provide an impetus for firms to green their suppliers. A mail survey was conducted and empirical data of 119 ISO 14001 manufacturing firms in Malaysia was gathered for this study. Structural equation modelling technique was applied in this research article. Results from the analysis, reveal the existence of a positive and significant linkage between green suppliers with both environmental performance and competitive advantage. At the same time, environmental performance has also been shown to positively and significantly affect competitive advantage; while environmental performance plays a partial mediating role between greening the supplier and competitiveness. Such significant finding is especially essential for the manufacturing sector registered with ISO 14001 who intend to enhance their environmental performance and carve a niche competitive edge in the business arena.


Lee, V., Ooi, K., Chong, A. Y., & Lin, B. (in press). A structural analysis of greening the supplier, environmental performance and competitive advantage. Production Planning and Control, 26(2),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 21, 2013
Online Publication Date Dec 18, 2013
Deposit Date Nov 2, 2017
Journal Production Planning & Control
Print ISSN 0953-7287
Electronic ISSN 1366-5871
Publisher Taylor & Francis Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 2
Keywords greening the supplier; environmental performance; competitive advantage; Malaysia
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Production Planning and Control on 18/12/2013, available online:

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