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Firms, Finance and Sustainable Transitions

The Financial Constraints of Eco-Innovation Companies

Edgardo Sica

This thought-provoking book introduces a financial economics perspective to the topic of eco-innovations and, more generally, sociotechnical transitions. It develops a model that illustrates how financial constraints can prevent the development of eco-innovations within companies and hinder the transition process towards a more sustainable regime. Edgardo Sica presents a review of the state of the art, as well as new data from original surveys aimed at testing the impact of financial constraints on eco-innovative decisions at radical and niche levels.
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Chapter 5: Financial constraints and incremental eco-innovations: insights from manufacturing companies

The Financial Constraints of Eco-Innovation Companies

Edgardo Sica

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This chapter reports the results achieved from the implementation of a survey specifically designed to investigate the financial constraints of eco-innovative companies at regime level. Specifically, it analyses the extent to which financial constraints can prevent the creation of favourable conditions in the socio-technical regime by hampering the development and/or adoption of incremental EIs. The survey was administrated to a sample of English and Italian manufacturing companies. The comparative analysis between these two countries represents an interesting case study due to the opposing configuration of their FS in terms of patterns of industrial finance, corporate governance system, financial sector, predominant system of business coordination and organisation and legal framework.

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