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Incentives and inhibiting factors of eco-innovation in the Spanish firms.

Fernandez De Arroyabe Fernandez, Juan Carlos and Agustin, Molina-Garcia and Nieves, Arranz and Fernandez De Arroyabe Arranz, Marta (2019) 'Incentives and inhibiting factors of eco-innovation in the Spanish firms.' Journal of Cleaner Production, 220. 167 - 176. ISSN 0959-6526

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This paper investigates the incentives and inhibiting factors of eco-innovation capacities in the firm. Firms materialize the objectives of eco-innovation from a reactive attitude to external pressures, to a more proactive attitude that implies the voluntary incorporation of eco-innovation activities. This variability in the behaviour of companies with respect to the level of eco-innovation development has been a motivator for the research. However, despite the importance of this research question, this has been approached in a dispersed way from multiple approaches. From a dynamic capabilities perspective, we assume that the innovation capacity of the firm encourages eco-innovations. Our paper is focused on the process of eco-innovation, identifying the elements that facilitate or hinder the eco-innovation in the firm. We study the Spanish case, using a panel from the Spanish Innovation Survey, with a sample of 5,461 Spanish firms. The results highlight that the complexity of the eco-innovation process negatively affects the decision to develop eco-innovations. However, our results suggest that institutions and organizations of the Spanish environment are making efforts to compensate these obstacles and provide incentives to develop eco-innovations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eco-innovation, Innovation capacity, Spain, Incentives and inhibiting factors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 09:55
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2021 13:16

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