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Can National Innovation Substitute The Role of Environmental Regulation to Improve Corporate Environmental Performance?


  • Natalia Ortiz-de-Mandojana

    () (Universidad de Granada. Department of Business)

  • Javier Aguilera-Caracuel

    () (Universidad de Granada. Department of Business)

  • José Manuel de la Torre-Ruíz

    () (Universidad de Granada. Department of Business)

  • Vera Ferrón-Vílchez

    () (Universidad de Granada. Department of Business)


Environmental regulatory uncertainty has attracted extraordinary attention among scholars, managers, policy-makers and other members of society. Despite this increasing attention, the impact of environmental regulatory uncertainty on the environmental approaches of firms is difficult to estimate in the business context. Considering that environmental regulations are not the only mechanism enabling firms to develop proactive environmental management practices, we show that the national institutional profile delineates a firm’s environmental progress. Specifically, we argue that the national level of innovation is an essential institutional condition that can encourage firms to develop advanced environmental approaches and even overcoming the effect of environmental regulatory uncertainty on corporate environmental performance. Using a sample of 1,912 firms from 19 countries, we developed different scenarios that combine the effects of environmental regulatory uncertainty and the national level of innovation. Knowledge of these different situations illustrates how managers cope with environmental regulatory uncertainty.

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  • Natalia Ortiz-de-Mandojana & Javier Aguilera-Caracuel & José Manuel de la Torre-Ruíz & Vera Ferrón-Vílchez, 2011. "Can National Innovation Substitute The Role of Environmental Regulation to Improve Corporate Environmental Performance?," FEG Working Paper Series 05/11, Faculty of Economics and Business (University of Granada).
  • Handle: RePEc:gra:fegper:05/11

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    Environmental Regulatory Uncertainty; National Level of Innovation; Corporate Environmental Performance;

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    • M1 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration

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