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Green supply chain management and innovation persistence–Based on environmental turbulence perspective

Ziqin Yu (Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China)
Xiang Xiao (Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China) (Central and Eastern Europe Research Centre, Beijing, China)

European Journal of Innovation Management

ISSN: 1460-1060

Article publication date: 9 December 2022




In recent years, environmental issues and resource depletion have posed significant challenges to firms and society. To address these environmental challenges, firms seek to build strategic alliances of green supply chain management (GSCM) with their supply chain partner. As the largest developing country in the Asia–Pacific region, China needs to take more responsibility for environmental protection, which requires more Chinese firms to participate in GSCM. Therefore, focusing on the issue of GSCM and innovation persistence in the context of an increasingly harsh ecological environment is essential.


To test the hypothesis, the authors perform an empirical analysis on a sample of 124 listed firms in China from 2014 to 2019. The results are robust to a battery of robustness analyses the authors performed to take care of endogeneity.


Empirical results indicate that GSCM can promote innovation persistence and both market environment turbulence and technology environment turbulence have a positive moderating effect on the relationship between the two. Mechanism tests show that GSCM can improve innovation efficiency, ensure innovation quality and alleviate financing constraints, thus promoting the innovation persistence of firms.


This study can provide a theoretical basis for the country to promote GSCM orientation, raise firms' awareness of the value of GSCM, convey the significance of GSCM to investors, influence firms' investment decisions and give experience to other developing countries.



Funding: This work was funded by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No: 2020YJS061) (China); The National Social Science Foundation of China (No: 19BGJ001).


Yu, Z. and Xiao, X. (2022), "Green supply chain management and innovation persistence–Based on environmental turbulence perspective", European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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