Research Summary


by Michael W. Toffel


My research examines how companies strive to increase operational discipline, primarily in terms of environmental management and performance, but also with respect to occupational safety and process quality. Most of my research papers have addressed two related questions: (1) Why do some companies adopt a more proactive environmental strategy than others?, and (2) Which environmental management approaches are particularly effective in improving environmental performance, and why?

Keywords: environmental performance; environmental regulation; environmental strategy; labor management; safety; transparency; institutional theory; economic analysis; quality improvement; operations management; supply chain; supply chain management; regulation; Environmental Sustainability; Safety; Quality; Manufacturing Industry; Construction Industry; United States; California;