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Green organizational identity and green innovation

Ching‐Hsun Chang (Department of Business Administration, Tamkang University, New Taipei City, Taiwan)
Yu‐Shan Chen (Department of Business Administration, National Taipei University, Taipei, Taiwan)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 24 May 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The authors aim to apply an “interpretive context – organizational action – outcome” framework to explore the positive effect of green organizational identity on green innovation performance. Besides, they would like to verify that both environmental commitment and environmental organizational legitimacy mediate between green organizational identity and green innovation performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors utilize a hybrid research method that includes both questionnaire data and public data to test the hypotheses to satisfy the triangulation in methodology. In addition, structural equation modeling (SEM) is used to perform the empirical research.

Findings

The results show that green organizational identity would positively affect green innovation performance. Moreover, green organizational identity could positively influence green innovation performance indirectly via environmental commitment and environmental organizational legitimacy. Firms should increase their green organizational identity, environmental commitment, and environmental organizational legitimacy to enhance their green innovation performance. Furthermore, the authors find out that green organizational identity, environmental commitment, environmental organizational legitimacy, and green innovation performance of small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs) are lower than those of large enterprises in Taiwan.

Originality/value

The authors develop a research framework to explore the positive effect of green organizational identity on green innovation and explore the mediation effects of environmental commitment and environmental organizational legitimacy.

Keywords

Citation

Chang, C. and Chen, Y. (2013), "Green organizational identity and green innovation", Management Decision, Vol. 51 No. 5, pp. 1056-1070. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-09-2011-0314

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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