Achieving sustainability through environmental innovation: the role of SMEs

Biondi, Vittorio, Iraldo, Fabio and Meredith, Sandra (2002) Achieving sustainability through environmental innovation: the role of SMEs International Journal of Technology Management, 24 (5/6). pp. 612-626. ISSN 1741-5276

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJTM.2002.003074

Abstract

In this paper, technological and managerial innovation are seen as the dual keys to achieving environmental sustainability. Much research on environmental sustainability has focused upon the role of large organisations. Traditionally, they have been perceived as major contributors to environmental degradation and their task is to find innovative solutions to minimise pollution. However, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) represent more than 80% of enterprises operating throughout Europe and this identifies them as significant contributors to environmental problems. This paper, based upon the findings of two research projects funded by the European Commission, focuses on SMEs' potential to innovate environmentally and the role they can play in minimising industry's environmental impact. It identifies the barriers, motivating factors and benefits experienced by SMEs and places emphasis on effective networking as a support for environmental innovation.

Item Type:Journal article
Additional Information:Copyright Inderscience Publishers
Uncontrolled Keywords:Environmental sustainability; SMEs; Innovation; CENTRIM
Subjects:N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1504/IJTM.2002.003074
Faculties:Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
ID Code:871
Deposited By:editor centrim
Deposited On:19 Mar 2010
Last Modified:18 Jun 2010 12:29

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