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The influence of eco-innovation supply chain practices on business eco-efficiency

Azevedo, Susana and Cudney, Elizabeth A. and Grilo, António and Carvalho, Helena and Cruz-Machado, V. (2012): The influence of eco-innovation supply chain practices on business eco-efficiency.


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This paper aims to study the influence of eco-innovation practices on eco-efficiency of business, which embraces environmental and economic performance. Four hypotheses are drawn up based on the existing literature in green supply chain and considering the business innovation. A survey questionnaire was used to collect data on a sample of USA and Portuguese innovative organizations. Multivariate statistics and Partial Least Squares (PLS) path modelling techniques were used to test the proposed hypothesis. The statistical analysis allows to conclude that there are differences between the eco-innovation practices deployed by organizations belonging to different sectors and with different sizes. Also, it was found that the level of implementation of the different eco-innovation practices by organizations influence the eco-efficiency of businesses.

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