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The relationship between digital economy and industrial green innovation efficiency – based on the perspective of external knowledge sources

Ganli Liao (School of Economics and Management, Beijing Information Science and Technology University, Beijing, China)
Xinshuai Hou (School of Economics and Management, Beijing Information Science and Technology University, Beijing, China)
Yi Li (Development and Planning Department, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China)
Jingyu Wang (Zhongguancun Smart City Limited Company, Beijing, China)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 22 February 2024

Issue publication date: 16 May 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

Driven by the development of the global digital economy, knowledge management in industrial enterprises offers more possibilities for green innovation. Based on the perspective of external knowledge sources, this study aims to construct a panel regression model to explore the relationship between digital economy and industrial green innovation efficiency.

Design/methodology/approach

Panel data from 30 regions in China from 2011 to 2020 were selected as research samples. All data are obtained from national and provincial statistical yearbooks. Coupling coordination degree analysis, entropy method, panel regression analysis, robustness test and threshold effect test by Stata 16.0 were used to test the hypotheses.

Findings

The empirical results demonstrate the hypotheses and reveal the following findings: the digital economy is positively related to industrial green innovation efficiency and external knowledge sources, and external knowledge sources mediate the relationship between them. Moreover, based on the threshold test results, the digital economy has a double-threshold effect on industrial green innovation efficiency.

Originality/value

Based on the perspective of external knowledge sources, the proposed mediating mechanism between the digital economy and industrial green innovation efficiency has not been established previously, further enriching the research on the antecedents and outcomes of external knowledge sources. Moreover, this study estimated the direct influence mechanism and double-threshold effect of the digital economy on industrial green innovation efficiency from theoretical and empirical analysis, thus responding to the call of scholars and adding to existing research on how the digital economy affects the green transformation of industrial enterprises.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This research was supported by the Cultivation for Young Top-notch Talents of Beijing Municipal Institutions (BPHR202203241), Beijing Laboratory of National Economic Security Early-warning Engineering and the National Natural Science Foundation of China Project (71801017, 72002016).

Citation

Liao, G., Hou, X., Li, Y. and Wang, J. (2024), "The relationship between digital economy and industrial green innovation efficiency – based on the perspective of external knowledge sources", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 28 No. 5, pp. 1396-1413. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-05-2023-0435

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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