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Environmental pressures and eco-innovation in manufacturing SMEs: the mediating effect of environmental capabilities.

Mady, K., Abdul Halim, M. A. S., Omar, K., Battour, M. and Abdelkareem, R. S., 2023. Environmental pressures and eco-innovation in manufacturing SMEs: the mediating effect of environmental capabilities. International Journal of Innovation Science, 16 (3), 501-526.

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DOI: 10.1108/IJIS-08-2022-0163


Purpose: Although environmental pressures have been covered in great detail in prior literature as the drivers of eco-innovation, there remains inconsistency in the empirical results concerning the effects of these pressures on eco-innovation behaviour. Hence, this paper aims to investigate the impact of environmental pressures, namely, regulatory pressure, green demand and competitive pressure, on eco-innovation among manufacturing SMEs. Moreover, it examined the mediating role of environmental capabilities on the environmental pressure–eco-innovation relationship. Design/methodology/approach: Quantitative data were collected using an online self-reported questionnaire survey to test the hypothesised model. A total of 183 valid questionnaires were collected from managers and owners of manufacturing SMEs in Egypt. Findings: The results of the data analysis using the Smart-PLS software package revealed that among environmental pressures, only green demand had a direct effect on eco-innovation. In addition, environmental capabilities only mediated the effect of competitive pressure on eco-innovation. Originality/value: This study has been one of the few addressing the issue of how the drivers of eco-innovation interact. It has also provided the managers and owners of SMEs and policymakers with practical implications.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Eco-innovation; Institutional pressure; Environmental capabilities; Environmental regulation; Green demand; Competitive pressure; SMEs
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:39623
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:21 Mar 2024 12:29
Last Modified:23 May 2024 15:33


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