Pursuing green growth in technology firms through the connections between environmental innovation and sustainable business performance: Does service capability matter?

Fernando, Y., Chiappetta Jabbour, C.J. and Wah, W.-X. (2019) Pursuing green growth in technology firms through the connections between environmental innovation and sustainable business performance: Does service capability matter? Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 141 . pp. 8-20. ISSN 0921-3449

Full content URL: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.09.031

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In response to greater environmental awareness among stakeholders, companies have become increasingly interested in practices such as eco-innovation. Despite the expanding literature on eco-innovation, scholars have so far paid little attention to the study of eco-innovation and its impact on business sustainability, particularly considering the mediating effect of service innovation capability. To fill this research gap, this study extends the concepts of green business by investigating an original conceptual framework, which proposes that the capacity for service innovation has a mediating effect on the relationship between sustainable organizational performance and environmental innovation. This conceptual framework is subjected to empirical testing, implemented through a survey involving 95 Malaysian firms which use green technology. Data is collected through both postal and online questionnaires and analyzed through structural equation modeling using partial least squares. Respondents for this paper were identified using the directories of MyHijau (2013) and the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation, 2014. The results suggest that: (1) eco-innovations unlock better sustainable performance; (2) service innovation capability has a partially significant positive mediating effect; (3) service innovation capability ultimately benefits companies by allowing them to differentiate through an emphasis on value creation; (4) service capability can also act as a business strategy to create barriers to new entry by competitors. Thus, eco-innovation and service innovation capability tend to represent significant intangible resources and enable an organization to achieve long-term objectives, competitive advantage and business sustainability. To date, this is the first study relating eco-innovation, service innovation capability and sustainability performance in the Malaysian corporate context and using a specific sample of companies that make use of green technologies. © 2018 Elsevier B.V.

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Keywords:Competition, Environmental technology, International trade, Least squares approximations, Surveys, Business performance, Eco-innovation, Green technology, Organizational performance, Partial least square (PLS), Service innovation, Structural equation modeling, Sustainability performance, Sustainable development, business, industrial performance, industrial technology, innovation, sustainability, sustainable development, adult, article, conceptual framework, directory, female, human, human experiment, Malaysia, male, partial least squares regression, questionnaire, structural equation modeling, Malaysia
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:39684
Deposited On:20 Jan 2020 10:29

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