This paper aims to investigate the relation between technological innovation modes and their impact on eco-efficiency of industrial enterprises in China.
This paper first constructs a model to evaluate and measure the eco-efficiency of industrial enterprises in China from 2006 to 2010. Second, this paper compares the role of technological innovation modes – specifically, domestic independent innovation, foreign technology import and domestic technology transfer – in improving eco-efficiency of industrial enterprises in the Eastern, Central and Western regions of China by logarithmic regression.
The study finds that domestic independent innovation has a positive significant influence in improving eco-efficiency of industrial enterprises in the Eastern region; domestic technology transfer has a positive significant role in the Central region; and foreign technology import and domestic technology transfer positively affect the Western region.
This paper is the first to identify the role of technological innovation modes in improving eco-efficiency. The findings can help enterprises in the three regions adopt the most effective technological innovation mode. In addition, the results provide valuable insights into policy development to improve China’s overall eco-efficiency and to balance economic and industrial development among the three regions.
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos 71272064, 71121061) and the Technological Fund of Anhui Province for Outstanding Youth (Grant No. 1308085JGD07). Thanks are also due to Dr Qiong Wang and Dr Chengyuan Wang for valuable discussion and assistance throughout the preparation of the original manuscript.
Wan, L., Luo, B., Li, T., Wang, S. and Liang, L. (2015), "Effects of technological innovation on eco-efficiency of industrial enterprises in China", Nankai Business Review International, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 226-239. https://doi.org/10.1108/NBRI-01-2015-0003Download as .RIS
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