Environmental Innovations, Local Networks and Internationalization

38 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2011

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Giulio Cainelli

Università degli Studi di Bari - Dipartimento per lo Studio delle Societa Mediterranee; CERIS-CNR

Massimiliano Mazzanti

University of Ferrara

Sandro Montresor

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 9, 2011

Abstract

This paper investigates the drivers of the environmental innovations (EI) introduced by firms in local production systems (LPS). The role of firm network relationships, agglomeration economies and internationalization strategies is analysed for a sample of 555 firms in the Emilia-Romagna region, North-East of Italy. Cooperating with ‘qualified’ local actors – i.e. universities and suppliers – is the most important driver of EI for most firms, along with their training policies and IT innovations. The role of agglomeration economies is less clear and seems to depend on the EI propensity of more locally oriented firms playing in district areas, which might even turn agglomeration into dis-economies. Networking effects and agglomeration economies are instead found to strongly promote the adoption of EI by multinational firms, thus highlighting the importance of local-global interactions. We provide some interesting findings for particular kinds of challenging EI in fields as CO2 abatement and ISO labelling, generally extending the analysis EI driver by joining local and international factors.

Keywords: Eco-Innovation, Foreign Ownership, Networking, District, Agglomeration Economics, Local Production Systems

JEL Classification: C21, L60, O13, O30, Q20, Q58, F23

Suggested Citation

Cainelli, Giulio and Mazzanti, Massimiliano and Montresor, Sandro, Environmental Innovations, Local Networks and Internationalization (March 9, 2011). FEEM Working Paper No. 20.2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1781698 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1781698

Giulio Cainelli (Contact Author)

Università degli Studi di Bari - Dipartimento per lo Studio delle Societa Mediterranee ( email )

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CERIS-CNR ( email )

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10121 Torino
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Massimiliano Mazzanti

University of Ferrara ( email )

C.so Ercole I° d'Este 37
Ferrara, 44100
Italy

Sandro Montresor

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

Strada Maggiore 45
Bologna, 40125
Italy

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