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Effect of R&D Collaboration with Research Organizations on Innovation: The Mediation Effect of Environmental Performance

College of Business Administration, Hongik University, 94 Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul 121-791, Korea
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Sustainability 2015, 7(9), 11998-12016; https://doi.org/10.3390/su70911998
Received: 9 June 2015 / Revised: 18 August 2015 / Accepted: 26 August 2015 / Published: 28 August 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
The purpose of this study was to advance our understanding of corporate environmental performance by linking its antecedents and consequences. This study examined how collaboration with research organizations, as a proactive strategic decision, influences the environmental performance of firms, which in turn leads to innovation performance. Using the data collected from 597 Korean firms representing a cross-section of industries, we found that a firm’s collaboration with research organizations positively affected the firm’s environmental performance, which positively influenced its innovation performance. Furthermore, the results indicated a full mediation effect of environmental performance on the relationship between collaboration with research organizations and innovation performance. This study offers a more comprehensive understanding of corporate environmental performance and discusses implications for innovation performance. Limitations and future research directions are also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: collaboration; research organization; environmental performance; innovation collaboration; research organization; environmental performance; innovation
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Yu, G.J.; Rhee, S.-Y. Effect of R&D Collaboration with Research Organizations on Innovation: The Mediation Effect of Environmental Performance. Sustainability 2015, 7, 11998-12016.

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