Department of Business Development and Technology

Diego Pacheco

Eco-innovation determinants in manufacturing SMEs from emerging markets: Systematic literature review and challenges

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  • Diego Augusto de Jesus Pacheco
  • Carla Schwengber ten Caten, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
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  • Carlos Fernando Jung, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
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  • Helena Victorovna Guitiss Navas, NOVA University Lisbon
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  • Virgílio Antônio Cruz-Machado, NOVA University Lisbon

The debate on eco-innovation is a recent and emergent topic between practitioners and in the academy. Especially in developing economies, such as in Brazil, this topic is very incipient mainly in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) context. Hence, the purpose of this study is to identify what are the determinant factors for the successful adoption of eco-innovation in Brazilian SMEs. The findings reveal several similarities/differences and intersections/overlaps resulting in a list of sixteen primary determinants. Results also demonstrated that eco-innovations in SMEs may be enabled by breaking away from the immediatist culture, by the participation of SMEs in cooperation networks, by considering the regulations affecting the sector where the SME operates and the applicable legislation, by investing in R&D of innovative technologies in conjunction with external agents, by qualified professionals planning for and implementing eco-innovation and by reinforcing the financial condition of the SMEs. The practical contribution of this study is a consolidated comprehensive framework of eco-innovation to Brazilian SMEs providing important insights and challenges to academics, policy makers, and practitioners, improving the diffusion of eco-innovative practices. Furthermore, others emerging economies will benefit from the findings of our research.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M
Pages (from-to)44-63
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank the Editor of the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management and the three anonymous reviewers for efficient handling and valuable comments improving this research on earlier versions of the paper. This research was supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CAPES/CNPq) under grant number 00230916/2013 .

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Elsevier B.V.

Copyright 2018 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

    Research areas

  • Determinants, Eco-innovation, Emerging markets, Innovation, Literature review, Small and medium enterprise, SME, Sustainable innovation

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