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When is research and development more effective in times of crisis? The role of environmental policies

Claudio Petti (Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy)
Dominique Lepore (Department of Law, University of Macerata, Macerata, Italy)
Olena Liakh (Department of Law, University of Macerata, Macerata, Italy)
Gianluca Elia (Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy)

European Journal of Innovation Management

ISSN: 1460-1060

Article publication date: 28 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

In times of crisis, innovation management and specifically Research and Development (R&D) investments are critical to temper company losses and stimulate higher revenues. Environmental policies, for their potential to stimulate environmental innovations and efficient management of resources, may hold a magnifying role in this relationship. By relying on the distinction between regulatory policies and institutional incentives, this paper argues about the moderating role of environmental policies between a firm's R&D expenses and its performance.

Design/methodology/approach

Hypotheses are tested on data collected from a sample of small and medium-sized Chinese enterprises after the 2008 financial crisis.

Findings

Findings reveal positive moderating effects of both regulatory pressures and institutional incentives, with a more significant effect of government support. The highest impact is reached when both these types of policies are present.

Originality/value

The theoretical and methodological relevance of this distinction, the importance of an appropriate mix of environmental policies in policymaking and their resilience building role in stimulating environmental innovations in the aftermath of crises are discussed.

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Citation

Petti, C., Lepore, D., Liakh, O. and Elia, G. (2023), "When is research and development more effective in times of crisis? The role of environmental policies", European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJIM-09-2022-0520

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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