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Nexus among green intellectual capital, green information systems, green management initiatives and sustainable performance: a mediated-moderated perspective

Adil Riaz (Government College University Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Pakistan)
Martin Cepel (Pan-European University, Prague, Czech Republic)
Alberto Ferraris (Scuola di Management ed Economia, Universita degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy) (Laboratory for International and Regional Economics, Graduate School of Economics and Management, Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia)
Khurram Ashfaq (College of Commerce, Government College University Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Pakistan)
Shafique Ur Rehman (Department of Business Administration, ILMA University, Karachi, Pakistan)

Journal of Intellectual Capital

ISSN: 1469-1930

Article publication date: 1 March 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

Sustainability issues are crucial in today’s competitive environment. The integration of technology plays a vital role in the attainment of sustainability objectives. The study aims to investigate the relationship between green intellectual capital (IC), green information systems (IS), green management initiatives (GMI) and green technology adoption in light of natural resource-orchestration theory (ROT). Moreover, digital technology adoption mediates between green IC, green IS, GMI and sustainable performance. Finally, digital transformation strategy is used as a moderator between green technology adoption and sustainable performance.

Design/methodology/approach

A sample of 484 managers from automobile manufacturing companies was used in this study to evaluate the proposed relationships using the Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) methodology.

Findings

Findings reveal that green IC, green IS and GMI significantly influence green technology adoption. Besides, green technology adoption plays a crucial role in improving sustainable performance. Moreover, green technology adoption significantly mediates between green IC, green IS, GMI and sustainable performance. Finally, a digital transformation strategy significantly strengthens the relationship between green technology adoption and sustainable performance.

Practical implications

The organizations need green technology adoption to address environmental concerns, respond to consumer demand, achieve cost savings and comply with government regulations. Besides, in decision-making, organizations must focus on green IC, green IS, GMI, green technology adoption and digital transformation strategy to boost sustainable performance.

Originality/value

The originality of this study lies in its use of the natural ROT as a framework to examine the impact of multiple green resources on green technology adoption, leading to sustainable performance. Digital transformation strategy is used as a moderator between green technology adoption and sustainable performance. This study provides a comprehensive and integrated perspective on the subject with empirical evidence and relevant insights, contributing to the advancement of the field.

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Acknowledgements

Since submission of this article, the following author(s) have updated their affiliations: Shafique Ur Rehman is at the Research Institute of Business Analytics and Supply Chain Management, College of Management, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China.

Citation

Riaz, A., Cepel, M., Ferraris, A., Ashfaq, K. and Rehman, S.U. (2024), "Nexus among green intellectual capital, green information systems, green management initiatives and sustainable performance: a mediated-moderated perspective", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIC-03-2023-0063

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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