The Eco-Industry, Value Creation and Competitiveness

18 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2011

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Bernard Sinclair-Desgagne

SKEMA Business School - Sophia Antipolis Campus

Date Written: April 11, 2011


Most governments acknowledge nowadays the strategic importance of the environmental goods and services industry (or eco-industry), in the new economy centered on knowledge, innovation and environmental protection. But the underlying dynamics of this booming sector is still poorly understood. This text offers a brief outlook of the eco-industry, its scope, recent development and growth potential, notably in France. It then first argues that the value this industry does and might further create relies essentially, from a public policy standpoint, on a Smithian process of broader and broader division of labor, and from a management perspective, on a relational rather than transactional approach to customer-supplier relationships. Some implications for policy-making and business strategy are briefly discussed.

Keywords: Eco-Industry, Smithian Innovation, Business-to-Business Relationships

JEL Classification: M21, O31, Q20

Suggested Citation

Sinclair-Desgagne, Bernard, The Eco-Industry, Value Creation and Competitiveness (April 11, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Bernard Sinclair-Desgagne (Contact Author)

SKEMA Business School - Sophia Antipolis Campus ( email )

60 rue Dostoïevski
Sophia Antipolis, 06902

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