publication . Article . Other literature type . 2016

The More, the Merrier: Why and How Employee-Driven Eco-Innovation Enhances Environmental and Competitive Advantage

Anke Buhl; Susanne Blazejewski; Franziska Dittmer;
Open Access
  • Published: 16 Sep 2016 Journal: Sustainability, volume 8, page 946 (eissn: 2071-1050, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
Abstract
Innovative solutions are often conjured as a key factor for companies to come closer to the goal of ecological sustainability. Furthermore, proactive eco-innovation activities can encompass competitive advantages. Companies are therefore well advised to tap any available source of innovation. However, although employees’ innovative capacity has often been described, to date, their manifold potentials for eco-innovation processes have hardly been examined in detail. The overarching research questions guiding this conceptual paper are why and how employee participation in eco-innovation processes can entail environmental and competitive advantages for companies. T...
Subjects
free text keywords: Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment, Geography, Planning and Development, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Employee participation, Environmental resource management, business.industry, business, Economics, Consumer experience, Competitive advantage, Tacit knowledge, Turnover, Eco-innovation, Sustainability, Competence (human resources), employee-driven innovation (EDI), employee environmental initiatives, green employees, environmental performance, intra-organizational factors, green human resource management (GHRM), Environmental effects of industries and plants, TD194-195, Renewable energy sources, TJ807-830, Environmental sciences, GE1-350
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