African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4129

Full Length Research Paper

Moderating effects of total quality environmental management on environmental performance

Ru-Jen Lin
Graduate School of Business and Management, Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, No. 300, Sec. 1, Wanshou Rd., Guishan, Taoyuan, Taiwan, 33306.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 02 February 2011
  •  Published: 30 September 2013


In response to increasing worldwide awareness of the importance of business sustainability, there have been more and more environmental regulations enforced in the last decade for example, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)” and the “restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS). Those regulations have enormous impact on global supply chain systems and have begun to force companies to implement green supply chain management (GSCM). More specifically, firms must collaborate with their supply chain partners to improve their environmental management. This study examines the moderating effects of total quality environmental management (TQEM) on the relationship between GSCM and environmental performance (EP). The research premise is that total organizational effort from top management and employees facilitate the implementation of GSCM, which ultimately enhances green performance. The statistical results indicate that the interactions of GSCM and TQEM enhance environmental performance. Specifically, firms that implement GSCM practices and simultaneously adopt TQEM perform better in all aspects of environmental management. Several managerial implications are presented with suggestions for future research.


Key words: Green supply chain management, environmental management, total quality environmental management.