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Are costs the major obstacle for taking environmental considerations: A study of Swedish building and construction companies
Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för teknik och samhälle.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7016-9360
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of Business and Information (BAI2011), Academy of Taiwan Information Systems Research , 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In business settings a perception persists that there is always a trade-off to be made between profit and environment. However, the questions can be raised what priorities are made in production related decisions, and what consequences and obstacles are perceived if environmental considerations should be taken? Based on these questions, the aim of the paper is to investigate constraints and facilitators for taking environmental considerations in decision making. Data was collected using a web-based survey in Swedish building and construction companies. 339 completed questionnaires were returned. The results shows that lack of information was the biggest perceived obstacle for taking environmental considerations, followed by the competitive situation and lacking client competence. It is claimed that there is a need for information and knowledge about economic benefits for the client and the end user when taking environmental considerations. But if this knowledge and information should be exploited it has to be supported by contractual forms that move away from a short term focus on investment costs for a building, to a focus on long term operation- and maintenance costs.

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Academy of Taiwan Information Systems Research , 2011.
Keyword [en]
Environment, Building and Construction Industry, Environmental management systems, Decision making
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Humanities and Social sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-23412Local ID: miljBebyggdOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-23412DiVA: diva2:693308
Conference
International Conference on Business and Information (BAI), 4th to 6th July 2011, Bangkok, Thailand
Available from: 2012-04-27 Created: 2014-02-04 Last updated: 2017-05-08Bibliographically approved

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