This paper investigates how the twin transition (digital & green) unfolds within firms by relating investments in digital technologies to the propensity of eco-innovating production processes and models. Drawing on a heterogeneous theoretical background, digital technologies can be hypothesised to enable eco-innovation across the board. However, a greater eco-innovation impact is expected from Artificial Intelligence and from bundling digital investments. Using the new Permanent Census of Firms of the Italian National Statistical Office, these hypotheses are tested on a large sample of more than 150,000 firms. Results confirm that the contribution of digital technologies to a firm’s eco-innovation is mainly driven by investments in AI application areas, while investments in other digital technologies work more selectively. Moreover, new eco-innovative production processes and models benefit from bundling investments in different digital technologies, but with differences among firms of different size. © 2023 Rennes School of Business.

Digital technologies and eco-innovation. Evidence of the twin transition from Italian firms / Montresor, Sandro; Vezzani, Antonio. - In: INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION. - ISSN 1366-2716. - 30:7(2023), pp. 766-800. [10.1080/13662716.2023.2213179]

Digital technologies and eco-innovation. Evidence of the twin transition from Italian firms

Montresor, Sandro;
2023-01-01

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This paper investigates how the twin transition (digital & green) unfolds within firms by relating investments in digital technologies to the propensity of eco-innovating production processes and models. Drawing on a heterogeneous theoretical background, digital technologies can be hypothesised to enable eco-innovation across the board. However, a greater eco-innovation impact is expected from Artificial Intelligence and from bundling digital investments. Using the new Permanent Census of Firms of the Italian National Statistical Office, these hypotheses are tested on a large sample of more than 150,000 firms. Results confirm that the contribution of digital technologies to a firm’s eco-innovation is mainly driven by investments in AI application areas, while investments in other digital technologies work more selectively. Moreover, new eco-innovative production processes and models benefit from bundling investments in different digital technologies, but with differences among firms of different size. © 2023 Rennes School of Business.
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Montresor, Sandro; Vezzani, Antonio
Digital technologies and eco-innovation. Evidence of the twin transition from Italian firms / Montresor, Sandro; Vezzani, Antonio. - In: INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION. - ISSN 1366-2716. - 30:7(2023), pp. 766-800. [10.1080/13662716.2023.2213179]
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