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Innovation and environmental sustainability: analysis in Brazilian metal-mechanic industry

Innovation and environmental sustainability: analysis in Brazilian metal-mechanic industry Sustainable innovative organisations are able to introduce innovations that generate positive results for companies, the society and the environment. On the basis of such premise, the objective of this research is to propose a framework for analysing the product and process environmental sustainability innovations that are developed by automotive metal-mechanic companies. To test the framework of analysis, a survey was carried out in a leading metal-mechanic automotive cluster of South Brazil. The research protocol includes quantitative procedures through a survey on a sample of 438 companies. The results show that both product and process innovations decreased waste generation, raw materials, energy and water consumptions, and have a positive impact on the environment. The research findings enable the testing and the validation of metrics, as a framework, for the analysis of the relationship between product and process innovations and environmental sustainability. Keywords: innovation; product innovation; process innovation; environmental sustainability; metal-mechanic companies; survey; factor analysis; multiple linear regression; framework; Brazilian industry. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Severo, E.A., Dorion, E.C.H. and Guimarães, J.C.F. (2017) `: analysis in Brazilian metal-mechanic industry', Int. J. Innovation and Sustainable Development, Vol. 11, Nos. 2/3, pp.230­248. Copyright © 2017 Inderscience Enterprises http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development Inderscience Publishers

Innovation and environmental sustainability: analysis in Brazilian metal-mechanic industry

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN
1740-8822
eISSN
1740-8830
DOI
10.1504/IJISD.2017.083286
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Abstract

Sustainable innovative organisations are able to introduce innovations that generate positive results for companies, the society and the environment. On the basis of such premise, the objective of this research is to propose a framework for analysing the product and process environmental sustainability innovations that are developed by automotive metal-mechanic companies. To test the framework of analysis, a survey was carried out in a leading metal-mechanic automotive cluster of South Brazil. The research protocol includes quantitative procedures through a survey on a sample of 438 companies. The results show that both product and process innovations decreased waste generation, raw materials, energy and water consumptions, and have a positive impact on the environment. The research findings enable the testing and the validation of metrics, as a framework, for the analysis of the relationship between product and process innovations and environmental sustainability. Keywords: innovation; product innovation; process innovation; environmental sustainability; metal-mechanic companies; survey; factor analysis; multiple linear regression; framework; Brazilian industry. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Severo, E.A., Dorion, E.C.H. and Guimarães, J.C.F. (2017) `: analysis in Brazilian metal-mechanic industry', Int. J. Innovation and Sustainable Development, Vol. 11, Nos. 2/3, pp.230­248. Copyright © 2017 Inderscience Enterprises

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International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable DevelopmentInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2017

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