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The determinants of eco innovation in green supply chains: evidence form an Italian sectoral study

  • Marco Frey


    (Istituto di Management - Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa)

  • Fabio Iraldo


    (Istituto di Management - Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa)

  • Francesco Testa


    (Istituto di Management - Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa)

In the last years attention has increased to the eco-innovation topic. Empirical studies have demonstrated that innovating firms grow faster, have higher productivity and are more profitable than their less innovative counterparts (Geroski et al., 1993; Roper and Hewitt-Dundas, 1998). Drawing upon a database of over 300 enterprises operating within eight defined green production chains working in the Province of Milan, this paper assesses the determinants and drawbacks of innovation. In particular, using an econometrical approach, we tested the following propositions: a) small dimension of enterprises is an obstacle to their innovation power; b) The adoption of an international strategy of production and commercialisation is an opportunity and a stimulus to eco-innovation; c) cooperation with research partners can help SMEs to overcome difficulties and help them to develop and offer eco-sustainable products and services. The econometric analysis shows a positive impact of dimension and level of internationalization on innovation capabilities. In addition, cooperation with research centers and access to capital market are positively related with effective innovations.

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Paper provided by Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa, Istituto di Management in its series Working Papers with number 201103.

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Date of creation: 01 Mar 2011
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