Special Issue "Eco-innovation and Competitiveness"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2016)
Prof. Dr. Beatriz Junquera
This Special Issue will comprise a selection of papers addressing eco-innovations to reduce the use of natural resources and decrease the release of harmful substances across the whole life-cycle approaches, and simultaneously to foster competitiveness, as well as those organisational factors to improve a company’s performance as an eco-innovator. Research papers address those concerns linked to (1) discussion about the concept of eco-innovation; (2) organisational factors that lead a company to become more eco-innovative; (3) how to add value because of eco-innovations; and (4) new functional approaches to improve capabilities towards eco-innovation. Covered topics include the definition of the concept of eco-innovation, the identification of organisational factors fostering eco-innovation, measurement tools for assessing the added value in a company because of eco-innovations, organisational barriers against eco-innovation, human resource policies to improve human capital’s eco-innovative capabilities, the eco-innovative intra-entrepreneur, new manufacturing challenges to become more eco-innovative, eco-innovation linked to manufacturer-client relationships, among others. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.
Prof. Dr. Beatriz Junquera
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- human resource management
- supplier-client relationships
- environmental management
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Eco-Innovation and Climate Change: A Step for the Circular Economy
Author: Gemma Durán-Romero
Affiliation: University Autónoma of Madrid
Abstract: The aim of this article is to establish the links between circular economy and eco-innovation, especially in climate change. Actually, two main issues arise as main objective at an international level. Firstly, to tackle climate change, keeping global warming below a critical threshold and secondly, to implement a circular economy by using and re-using, rather than using up . The three strategies of a circular economy are renewable energy; energy efficiency and material efficiency which imply eco-innovations. Several studies set up that this connection would yield multiple benefits not also by climate but also for the economy. The article will seek to uncover the theoretical underpinnings and new rationales associated with these two policies.
 The Club of Rome, the European Commission (The EU legislative proposal, The Circular Economy Package, presented in July 2014.
Title: Drivers for the Adoption of Eco-Innovations in the German Fertiliser Supply Chain
Authors: K. Hasler 1, H. W. Olfs 1, S. W. F. Omta 2 and S. Bröring 3
Affiliations: 1 University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Am Krümpel 31, 49090 Osnabrück, Germany; 2 Chair of the Management Studies Group, Wageningen University, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen, The Netherlands; 3 Chair for Technology and Innovation Management in Agribusiness, University of Bonn, Meckenheimer Alle 174, 53115 Bonn, Germany
Abstract: Fertilizers enable a massive increase in crop production yields; however, they also come along with negative externalities, i.e., greenhouse gas emission. Therefore, eco-innovations seem necessary to reduce the environmental impact of fertilizers without compromising on fertilizer productivity. Although numerous eco-innovations in the domain of fertilizers are available, they have not yet seen a sufficient adoption rate. In this paper we explore the main drivers for adoption of eco-innovations in the German fertiliser supply chain by empirically investigating these on three levels of the fertilizer supply chain: producers, traders and farmers. Thus, in this paper, we strive to take a “chain perspective” on environmental concerns and knowledge of fertiliser specific eco-innovations. The study has been carried out in two steps: initially we conducted exploratory expert interview with n = 8 actors of the fertilizer supply chain. The statements generated thereby fed into a questionnaire answered by n = 57 participants stemming from fertilizer production (n = 12), traders (n = 34) and farmers (n = 11) level. Findings suggest that drivers for eco-innovations are perceived differently by the various actors in the fertiliser supply chain, while knowledge on eco-innovations decreases downstream the chain. By taking a chain perspective on the adoption of eco-innovation our paper seeks to contribute to the emerging body of literature on drivers for eco-innovation, and also maps out managerial implications to foster the implementation of eco-innovations in the fertiliser supply chain.
Title: Environmental Proactivity and Environmental and Economic Performance: Evidences from the Winery Sector
Authors: Virginia Barba-Sánchez 1,* and Carlos Atienza-Sahuquillo 2
Affiliations: 1 Department of Business Science, University of Castillla-La Mancha, ESII, Paseo de los Estudiantes, s/n; 02006-Albacete, Spain; firstname.lastname@example.org; 2 Department of Business Science, University of Castillla-La Mancha, EII, Paseo de los Estudiantes, s/n; 02006-Albacete, Spain; email@example.com; * Correspondence: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel.: +34-967-599-200 (ext. 8254)
Abstract: Environmental sustainability in the winery sector is receiving increased attention from governments, environmental groups and consumers. The aim of this study is to explore the relationship between the degree of proactivity of a firm’s environmental strategies and its business performance. The novelty of this research work lies in its definition of business performance, which includes business environmental performance in terms of reducing the company’s environmental impacts and eco-efficiency in the use of resources such as water, energy and raw materials, in addition to its economic performance. A model is proposed and tested using a sample of 312 Spanish wineries. Data were analysed using partial least squares path modelling (PLS-PM). The fitness and robustness of the structural model can be considered adequate. The results indicate positive correlation of environmental proactivity with economic and environmental performance. Although environmental proactivity enables an improvement in business performance, its influence is greater on reducing environmental impacts and improving eco-efficiency.