Knowledge Management Research & Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 261–275 | Cite as

Green intellectual capital and environmental product innovation: the mediating role of green social capital

  • Miriam Delgado-Verde
  • Javier Amores-Salvadó
  • Gregorio Martín-de Castro
  • José Emilio Navas-López


Although the importance of intellectual capital has already been highlighted in the management literature, few articles have focused on the importance of its green counterpart, green intellectual capital. Nowadays, when environmental concerns cannot be ignored by firms, it is therefore time to explore the role of green intellectual capital in environmental improvement. For that reason, our research aims to explore the relationships between green intellectual capital components and the environmental performance of the firms. In particular, we try to show the importance of green organizational and social capital in the development of environmental product innovations, which are vital to the development and implementation of environmental strategies since, as scholars have pointed out, they generate some of the greatest environmental impacts. The empirical results show that green organizational capital has an indirect impact on environmental product innovation through green social capital, meaning that the latter is a significant mediator of that relationship, and at the same time emphasizing that informal relationships play a key role in the improvement of the environmental performance of the firm and, more specifically, in the development of environmental product innovations.


green intellectual capital green organizational capital green social capital environmental product innovation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miriam Delgado-Verde
    • 1
  • Javier Amores-Salvadó
    • 1
  • Gregorio Martín-de Castro
    • 1
  • José Emilio Navas-López
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Organización de Empresas, Universidad Complutense de MadridSpain

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