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Adoption of green practices in manufacturing SMEs: some lessons from Kochi, Kerala, India

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Kumudinei Dissanayake ,

University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Management & Organization Studies
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S. P. Premaratne,

University of Colombo, LK
About S. P.
Department of Economics
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Sudheera Ranwala,

University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Plant Science
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Nayani Melegoda

University of Colombo, LK
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Faculty of Graduate Studies
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Abstract

Adopting green practices in the manufacturing sector has become a requirement for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Manufacturing Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs) play a major role in the industrial sector in Sri Lanka. However their contribution towards reaching a green economy is not well documented. Efforts in adopting green practices, failures or success stories, and the problems and issues associated with green manufacturing in SMEs are yet to be examined in depth in the Sri Lankan context. As a means of acquiring a priori knowledge on the reality, this study aims to explore the green practices, challenges and strategies, and the required institutional support for implementing and sustaining such practices in manufacturing SME sin a geographical location similar to Sri Lanka i.e., Kochi, India. Thus, the objective of this study is to identify important lessons from experiences undergone by manufacturing SMEs in the adoption of green practices in their businesses. This is an exploratory study conducted by collecting qualitative data from interviewing the stakeholders of selected manufacturing SMEs visited for this purpose. The study takes a deductive approach, deriving its analytical framework from the review of literature. A set of green practices, challenges to be anticipated, and the institutional and policy support required in implementing and sustaining green practices in manufacturing SMEs are identified as lessons to be learned. The study concludes that the successful implementation and sustaining of green practices in manufacturing SMEs need their own will and drive of owners and employees, supported by government intervention for promoting and ensuring sustainable green practices. The findings of the study propose a conceptualization for validating in a future empirical study.
How to Cite: Dissanayake, K., Premaratne, S. P., Ranwala, S., & Melegoda, N. (2019). Adoption of green practices in manufacturing SMEs: some lessons from Kochi, Kerala, India. Journal of Business Studies, 6(2), 1–33. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jbs.v6i2.45
Published on 31 Dec 2019.
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