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The hybrid drive effects of green innovation in Chinese coal enterprises: an empirical study

Liqing Zhou (Shanxi University of Finance and Economics, Taiyuan, China and Program on Chinese Cities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA)
Cuizhen Cao (Shanxi University of Finance and Economics, Taiyuan, China)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 13 August 2019

Issue publication date: 23 January 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to explore the green innovation evolution in coal enterprises in China and the various driving mechanisms influenced by government regulations, enterprise resource capability and supply chain integration.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper uses the innovation data of coal enterprises in China for constructing a model to infer how enterprises achieve green innovation (the “hybrid drive effect model”).

Findings

This paper shows that various driving modes of green innovation in an enterprise are influenced by government regulations, enterprise resource and capability, supply chain integration and the interaction effects between any two actors.

Originality/value

By examining the evolution process of green innovation in a specific industry from the perspectives of exploitative and exploratory innovation, the paper touches a relatively novel view on green innovation.

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Acknowledgements

The Research was supported by National Natural Science foundation of China (Grant No. 71774105) and Humanities and Social Sciences Funding Project of Ministry of Education in China (Project No. 17YJA63004), Shanxi Provincial Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science, China (Grant No. JGB2016-2), Shanxi Provincial Science and Technology Department, China (Grant No. 2017041033-5) and China Scholarship Council (Project No. 201708140194).

Citation

Zhou, L. and Cao, C. (2020), "The hybrid drive effects of green innovation in Chinese coal enterprises: an empirical study", Kybernetes, Vol. 49 No. 2, pp. 362-383. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-10-2018-0529

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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