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International Journal of Management and Network Economics


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    by Michela Miliacca, Idiano D'Adamo, Domenico Schettini 
    Abstract: The European Union (EU) Member States fight climate change through the greenhouse gas emissions reduction (mitigation measures) and prepare for the unavoidable effects which have already been triggered (adaptation measures). By 2050, the EU aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 95% compared with 1990 levels. New objectives up to 2030 provide for a 40% reduction of GHG emissions and an increase of 27% for renewables and energy efficiency. rnThe aim of this work is twofold. Firstly, we present the inventory data of the greenhouse gas emissions, final energy consumption, share of renewable energy, ISO 14001, EMAS and ISO 50001 certifications in 2015 for the EU-28 Member States. Then, we identify the current level achieved by the EU and by individual countries compared to the 2020 targets. Secondly, we find a correspondence between the increasing number of certified companies and the good results relating to the mitigation measures. The regulatory obligations and the growing awareness about climate change led companies to voluntarily adopting systems of environmental management and/or energy management, because they generate a series of benefits such as the improving of image return, revenues and levels of competitiveness.
    Keywords: Climate change; Greenhouse gas emission; Energy consumption; Environmental management; Energy management.

  • Patent Citations and Value: Through the Lens of a Social Network Approach   Order a copy of this article
    by Feng Zhang, Guohua Jiang, Xiaoyun He 
    Abstract: Identifying valuable technological inventions in a timely manner for further development and commercialization has important strategic implications for organizations to maximize social welfare and return on investments. Building upon the advantages that social network approach can predict performance in short investigation periods, this study develops a conceptual and novel framework to predict patent value through analyzing patent citations network structural indicators. Our proposed approach helps alleviate truncation problem suffered by existing patent evaluation methods. Testable propositions are also offered. This study contributes to patent economics literature and research fields that would benefit from a more accurate measure of valuable technological inventions. The proposed approach also has practical and commercial values to research institutes and industrial firms.
    Keywords: Patent value; social network approach; backward citation networks; forward citation networks; comprehensive citation networks.