On Synergies between Environmental Technological and Organizational Innovations

Effie Kesidou, Leeds University Business School

Theoretical and empirical studies in the innovation literature indicate that there are complementarities between technological and organizational changes. Yet, little is known whether these synergies apply in the context of environmental technological and organizational innovations. If complementarities exist then the adoption of technological innovations by firms through investments in abatement technologies (e.g. end-of-pipe and/or integrated production technologies) could be facilitated by the simultaneous adoption of organizational innovations (e.g. environmental management systems). However, even if synergies are relevant in the context of environmental technological and organizational innovations, they might not be relevant for all firms. Firms pursue a variety of strategies to respond to environmental pressures that ranges from passive compliance strategy to proactive prevention strategy; hence, it is crucial to shed light on role that complementarities play for each of these strategies. This paper contributes to the environmental management literature by testing the above hypotheses using data from the Community Innovation Survey (CIS 2008).

About the speaker
Dr. Effie Kesidou is Lecturer of Applied Economics at the University Leeds. Previously, she was employed as a Lecturer at the University of Nottingham and as a Research Associate at the ‘Centre for Enterprise’, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Her research interests lie in the areas of environmental innovations, economics of innovation, economic development and the software industry. She has received funding by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), ESRC, and by the University of Nottingham. She has published her work in journals of international excellence, such as Research Policy, Ecological Economics, World Development, European Journal of Development Research, and Industry and Innovation.

Venue: Conference room (room 0.16 & 0.17)

Date: 16 December 2015

Time: 12:30 - 13:30


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