Eco-innovation determinants in manufacturing SMEs: systematic review and research directions

Diego Augusto de Jesus Pacheco, Carla S. ten Caten, Carlos F. Jung, José Luis D. Ribeiro, Helena Victorovna G. Navas, Virgílio A. Cruz-Machado

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The debate on eco-innovation, although recent, is becoming increasingly more relevant in the practical context of business and academic world. The discussion on eco-innovation in the context of manufacturing SMEs is in a less developed stage and deserves attention. Thus, the main objective of this research was to identify, through a systematic review covering the last twenty-four years, the determinants of eco-innovation in manufacturing SMEs, exploring the relationship among them. The study unveils twenty-three determinants, which were classified in seven categories. The critical determinants were also identified, comprising: Governmental policy supporting eco-innovation, Availability of resources (people, technology, knowledge), Perception of the strategic relevance of eco-innovation, Technological advisory oriented to environment, Product and process eco-innovation oriented methods, Cooperation and partnership within supply networks, among others. A systemic model representing the relationship among the determinants and strategic alternatives to overcome some eco-innovation barriers for manufacturing SMEs are also presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2277-2287
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2017


  • Eco-innovation
  • Innovation
  • Manufacturing SME
  • Systematic review

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