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Energy and Material Efficiency Innovations: The Relevance of Innovation Strategies

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  • Bönte, Werner

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    (Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, University of Wuppertal, Germany)

  • Dienes, Christian

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    (Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, University of Wuppertal, Germany)

Abstract

This study explores the relationship between energy and material efficiency innovations (EMEIs) and innovation strategies employed by manufacturing firms to develop their process innovations. Firms may mainly develop process innovations in-house, let them mainly develop by other enterprises or institutions, or they or they may develop them jointly with external partners. The empirical analysis is based on data of European manufacturing firms obtained from the fourth Community Innovation Survey. Our results suggest that EMEIs are related to process innovation strategies. Firms which let mainly develop their process innovations by other enterprises or institutions tend to be less likely to introduce EMEIs at all and these firms are also less likely to introduce EMEIs with stronger efficiency effects. Moreover, our results do not suggest that firms following the 'cooperation strategy' are more likely to introduce EMEIs and to reach a higher EMEI performance than firms followin g the 'in-house strategy'.Hence, our results do not confirm the results of previous research pointing to a positive relationship between environmental innovations and cooperation with external partners.

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Paper provided by Universitätsbibliothek Wuppertal, University Library in its series Schumpeter Discussion Papers with number sdp12001.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2012
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Handle: RePEc:bwu:schdps:sdp12001

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Keywords: energy and material efficiency; process innovations; innovation strategy;

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