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This paper explores the diffusion patterns of the ISO 14001 environmental management system worldwide. By using the data obtained from the ISO Survey of Certifications, the diffusion of ISO 14001 was investigated at global, regional, and country-specific levels.

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The results showed that both global and regional patterns resembled a typical logistic growth curve. The parameters of logistic curves were identified using nonlinear regression estimation, and the total number of ISO 14001 certificates issued was projected. At the country-specific level, correlation analysis was performed and three distinct groups were identified.


This article is one of the first papers applying the diffusion model to the adoption of ISO 14001 at three levels, namely the global, regional, and country-levels. The same methodology can be applied to other certification standards and the adoption of ICT technologies. See other papers by To and his associates.

Professor W.M. To
Macao Polytechnic University

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This page is a summary of: Diffusion of ISO 14001 environmental management system: global, regional and country-level analyses, Journal of Cleaner Production, March 2014, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.11.076.
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