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Can institutional forces create competitive advantage? An empirical examination of environmental innovation

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  • Berrone, Pascual

    ()
    (IESE Business School)

  • Gelabert, Liliana

    (Universidad Carlos III)

  • Fosfuri, Andrea

    (Universidad Carlos III)

  • Gomez-Mejia, Luis R.

    (Arizona State University)

Abstract

We examine institutional pressures as antecedents of environmental innovation. Drawing on institutional theory and a resource-based view of the firm, we argue that regulatory and normative forces influence companies' propensity to innovate in environment-related projects. Furthermore, we suggest that this relationship is contingent on the availability and specificity of the companies' resources. These relationships were tested using environmental patents and citations of 340 publicly-traded companies from polluting industries in the U.S. Results suggest that institutional pressures can be a source of competitive advantage, and regulatory forces are becoming more strongly associated with environmental innovations as the intensity of companies' R&D activities increase.

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Paper provided by IESE Business School in its series IESE Research Papers with number D/723.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 21 Nov 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0723

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Keywords: environmental innovation; institutional theory; resource-based view;

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  1. Berrone, Pascual & Gelabert, Liliana & Fosfuri, Andrea, 2009. "The impact of symbolic and substantive actions on environmental legitimacy," IESE Research Papers D/778, IESE Business School.
  2. Tracy A. Jenkin, 2013. "Extending the 4I Organizational Learning Model: Information Sources, Foraging Processes and Tools," Administrative Sciences, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(3), pages 96-109, August.

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