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Does corporate social responsibility impact firms' innovation capacity? The indirect link between environmental & social governance implementation and innovation performance

Broadstock, David C., Matousek, Roman, Meyer, Martin S., Tzeremes, Nickolaos G. (2019) Does corporate social responsibility impact firms' innovation capacity? The indirect link between environmental & social governance implementation and innovation performance. Journal of Business Research, . ISSN 0148-2963. (doi:10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.07.014) (KAR id:75521)

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Abstract

Firms’ choices on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and on environmental, social and governance (ESG) implementation strategies can arguably have a positive impact on their value and performance. This “doing well by doing good” view remains debated in the literature. Our study contributes to this debate by investigating the impact of firms’ engagement on ESG policies on their innovation capacity levels. More specifically, we apply a nonparametric frontier analysis framework to a sample of 320 Japanese firms over the period 2008-2016. Our study provides evidence of a nonlinear relationship between ESG policy adoption and firms’ innovation capacity. In other words, our findings are consistent with a process of “indirect value-creation” under which firms’ CSR/ESG policy adoption initially enhances their ability to pursue innovation activities and, then, eventually affects positively their value creation and financial/operational performance.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.07.014
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5351 Business
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Depositing User: Martin Meyer
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2019 19:20 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/75521 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Meyer, Martin S.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5598-9480
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