A SWOT analysis of environmental management practices in Greek Mining and Mineral Industry

Department of Environment, University of the Aegean, 81100 Mytilini, Greece
Resources Policy (Impact Factor: 2.14). 09/2010; 35(3):226-234. DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2010.02.002


Over the last two decades, mining and mineral exploration companies have adopted various environmental management practices in response to society’s pressure for better environmental protection. The literature highlights a number of benefits and challenges for companies adopting environmental management practices with the Greek Mining and Mineral Industry (GMMI) facing similar issues. In order to analyze the challenges faced by the GMMI, a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis was conducted, which examined the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats faced by the industry when adopting environmental management practices. The analysis prescribes policy recommendations both for the government and industry which, if adopted, could facilitate improved environmental performance.

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    • "SWOT analysis has been comprehensive, ranging from formulating strategies for individual companies, industr ies, governments, international organizations, and even continental studies. The application of SWOT has been used as case studies of countries and governments on challenges faced by Venezuela (Duarte et al., 2006), India's offshore outsourcing (Nair and Prasad, 2004), entrepreneurial potentials in Argentina (Helms et al., 2011), Japan's entrepreneurship (Helms, 2003), industry competitiveness in Spain (Ahijado, 1993), Australia's regional economic development (Robert and Stimson, 1998), India's transportatio n system (Vijayaraghavan, 1995), Taiwan's information industry (Lin and Hsu, 2006), strategic planning in Bahrain (Khan and Ali-Buarki, 1992), and Greek mining and mineral industry (Nikolaou and Evangelinos, 2010), as well as the Turkish yacht tourism industry (Sariisik et al., 2011). "
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    • "The SWOT analysis is widely applied in strategic decision support for business management , but recently it was also used for environmental management and assessment (e.g. Lozano and Vall es, 2007; Martins et al., 2013; Nikolaou and Evangelinos, 2010; Nouri et al., 2008; Srivastava et al., 2005; Terrados et al., 2007). The application of SWOT alone, however , has several limitations: it does not analytically determine the importance of factors and it expresses individual factors which often bring to a generalization or to a brief account. "
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