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Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 155; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10010155

The Effects of External Relations Network on Low-Carbon Technology Innovation: Based on the Study of Knowledge Absorptive Capacity

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College of management science, Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu 610059, China
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School of Economics and Management, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, China
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Received: 3 October 2017 / Revised: 21 December 2017 / Accepted: 3 January 2018 / Published: 10 January 2018
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Abstract

Low-carbon technology innovations (LTI) have attracted wide attention due to their effects on reducing carbon emissions, and improving LTI behavior is a kind of beneficial measures on carbon emissions control in enterprise. The current research explores the determinants that affect LTI behavioral intention, and an integrative model of external relations network (ERN) on LTI, incorporated with knowledge absorptive capacity (KAC), is used. An effective sample of 380 staffs who worked in industrial enterprise of China was collected, which empirical results reveal the correlation between KAC and LTI, ERN and LTI, and the role of KAC. Hence, this paper discusses the implications for integrative model based on KAC and provides suggestions for improving the ability of LTI, and argues that LTI is not isolated, and it needs to be realized by the combination of ERN and KAC, thus, there should be paying more call for greater attention to ERN and KAC, rather than purely focusing on resource utilization. View Full-Text
Keywords: external relations network; low-carbon technology innovation; technological innovation; knowledge absorptive capacity external relations network; low-carbon technology innovation; technological innovation; knowledge absorptive capacity
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Jiang, Y.; Chun, W.; Yang, Y. The Effects of External Relations Network on Low-Carbon Technology Innovation: Based on the Study of Knowledge Absorptive Capacity. Sustainability 2018, 10, 155.

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