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Eco-activities and operating performance in the computer and electronics industryAuthor-Name: Chopra, Sunil

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Despite the complexity of implementing environmentally sustainable practices, an increasing number of firms have invested in eco-activities. This study investigates the association between eco-activities and operating performance over time. Moreover, this study explores the impact of eco-approaches (eco-collaboration and eco-certification) on operating performance. A difference-in-differences research design is established using operating performance data (COMPUSTAT) and eco-activity data (eco-announcements, eco-certification providers, and ASSET4). Empirical results reveal that eco-activities in the computer and electronics industry are associated with increased margin and revenue performance; however, the realization of benefits takes time (improvement typically occurs within three years of the corresponding eco-announcement). Furthermore, although eco-collaboration tends to be expensive to establish, operating performance is improved over the long term. This study also finds that eco-certification is associated with increased improvement in operating performance delivered by eco-activities.

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  • Wu, Pei-Ju, 2016. "Eco-activities and operating performance in the computer and electronics industryAuthor-Name: Chopra, Sunil," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 248(3), pages 971-981.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:248:y:2016:i:3:p:971-981
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2015.08.007
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