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Drivers of eco-innovation: empirical evidence from Slovenia
by Jana Hojnik; Mitja Ruzzier; Boštjan Antončič
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (IJEIM), Vol. 21, No. 4/5, 2017


Abstract: This paper uses a regression analysis to explore the determinants of eco-innovation, based on a sample of 80 Slovenian companies. The findings of this study are two-fold. First, the determinants of eco-innovation vary depending on the type of eco-innovation (product, process or organisational). The results reveal that customer demand and competitive pressure drive product eco-innovation, while managerial environmental concern, competitive intensity and competitive pressure spur process eco-innovation, and only competitive pressure exerted effect on organisational eco-innovation. Second, the findings indicate that competitive pressure is a common driver of all three eco-innovation types (product, process and organisational). Therefore, the results lead to the conclusion that different factors spur different eco-innovation types, while competitive pressure works as a common driver of all three eco-innovation types. Based on the results, we can infer that implementation of eco-innovations is becoming a relevant strategy for companies to establish a green image and pursue sustainability in this intense competitive environment.

Online publication date: Wed, 31-May-2017


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