Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 81, Issue 3, pp 531–543

The Driver of Green Innovation and Green Image – Green Core Competence


DOI: 10.1007/s10551-007-9522-1

Cite this article as:
Chen, YS. J Bus Ethics (2008) 81: 531. doi:10.1007/s10551-007-9522-1


This study proposed a novel construct – green core competence – to explore its positive effects on green innovation and green images of firms. The results showed that green core competences of firms were positively correlated to their green innovation performance and green images. In addition, this research also verified two types of green innovation performance had partial mediation effects between green core competences and green images of firms. Therefore, investment in the development of green core competence was helpful to businesses for the enhancement of their green innovation and green images. Furthermore, this study found that green core competence, two types of green innovation performance, and green images of medium & small enterprises (SMEs) were all significantly less than those of large enterprises in the information and electronics industry in Taiwan. Therefore, there was the advantage of firm size for the green core competence in this industry, and it was imperative for SMEs to develop and create their green core competences to strengthen their green innovation performance, and green images.


green core competencegreen innovationgreen imagecorporate environmental management

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Business AdministrationNational Yunlin University of Science & TechnologyDouliouTaiwan, Republic of China