nep-cse New Economics Papers
on Economics of Strategic Management
Issue of 2012‒12‒06
six papers chosen by
Joao Jose de Matos Ferreira
University of the Beira Interior

  1. The influence of eco-innovation supply chain practices on business eco-efficiency By Azevedo, Susana; Cudney, Elizabeth A.; Grilo, António; Carvalho, Helena; Cruz-Machado, V.
  2. The Informal Entanglement of Knowledge, Guanxi and Technology: Evidence from China and a New Theory. By Davison, R.M.; Martinsons, M.G.; Ou, C.X.J.
  3. Technology Spillover and Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment: An Analysis of Indian Manufacturing Industries By smruti, Smruti Ranjan Behera
  4. Who's afraid of big bad banks? Bank competition, SME, and industry growth By Inklaar, Robert; Koetter, Michael; Noth, Felix
  5. The effect of culture on the relationship between manufacturing strategy and manufacturing practices By Matteo Giacomo Maria Kalchschmidt; Andrea Mazzoleni
  6. The European Rim Countries – Challenges and Opportunities for EU Competitiveness By Vasily Astrov; Peter Havlik; Mario Holzner; Gabor Hunya; Isilda Mara; Sandor Richter; Roman Stöllinger; Hermine Vidovic

  1. By: Azevedo, Susana; Cudney, Elizabeth A.; Grilo, António; Carvalho, Helena; Cruz-Machado, V.
    Abstract: This paper aims to study the influence of eco-innovation practices on eco-efficiency of business, which embraces environmental and economic performance. Four hypotheses are drawn up based on the existing literature in green supply chain and considering the business innovation. A survey questionnaire was used to collect data on a sample of USA and Portuguese innovative organizations. Multivariate statistics and Partial Least Squares (PLS) path modelling techniques were used to test the proposed hypothesis. The statistical analysis allows to conclude that there are differences between the eco-innovation practices deployed by organizations belonging to different sectors and with different sizes. Also, it was found that the level of implementation of the different eco-innovation practices by organizations influence the eco-efficiency of businesses.
    Keywords: Eco-innovation; eco-efficiency; economic performance; environmental performance
    JEL: C14 C12 C42 M21
    Date: 2012–11–17
  2. By: Davison, R.M.; Martinsons, M.G.; Ou, C.X.J. (Tilburg University)
    Date: 2012
  3. By: smruti, Smruti Ranjan Behera
    Abstract: This paper examines the spillover effect of foreign direct investment (FDI) and determinant of FDI across Indian manufacturing industries. The result, based on two-equation model that allows for the two-way link between labor productivity of locally owned industries and foreign presence provide evidence that foreign presence brings new channels of knowledge and technology spillover to domestic industrial firms. We find that intermediate factors like R&D intensity and technology import intensity can impact positively the productivity of domestic firms. Furthermore, we find that bigger market size and highly productive domestic sectors are likely to attract more foreign capital into Indian industries.
    Keywords: Foreign Direct Investment; Technology Spillover; Manufacturing; Panel Cointegration; Unit Root Tests
    JEL: F30 O32 C33 L60
    Date: 2012–08–01
  4. By: Inklaar, Robert; Koetter, Michael; Noth, Felix
    Abstract: We test how bank market power influences technical change and resource allocation of informationally opaque firms. We use a dataset with approximately 700,000 firm-year observations of German small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to identify the effect of bank market power using the dependence on external finance per industry and the regional demarcation of the German banking market. Market power generally spurs aggregate SME growth. Banks need to realize sufficient margins to generate useful private information. Bank market power spurs both technical change and reallocation of resources, but it reduces SME growth in industries that depend heavily on external finance. --
    Keywords: growth decomposition,reallocation,banking,market power
    JEL: E22 G21 O16 O41
    Date: 2012
  5. By: Matteo Giacomo Maria Kalchschmidt; Andrea Mazzoleni
    Abstract: The purpose of the article is to investigate the importance that differences in national culture characteristics have in explaining the relationship between competitive priorities and the investments in manufacturing practices. Several studies have investigated the role that national culture has in explaining the manufacturing practices effectiveness. The article provides an evaluation of how manufacturing investments decisions are put in place in different cultural settings coherently with the way through which companies have decided to compete. From this point of view the article contributes to the research stream of global manufacturing strategy.
    Keywords: national culture; manufacturing strategy; manufacturing practices; GMRG;
    Date: 2012
  6. By: Vasily Astrov (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw); Peter Havlik (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw); Mario Holzner (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw); Gabor Hunya (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw); Isilda Mara; Sandor Richter (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw); Roman Stöllinger (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw); Hermine Vidovic (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw)
    Abstract: Introduction Reflecting the diversity of countries in its neighbourhood, the European Union (EU) has established different cooperation processes, institutional arrangements and forums for its discussions with these countries. Each form of cooperation is characterized by its own dynamics, institutional set-up and instruments, procedures, long-term objectives and problems. The various forms of cooperation between the EU and its neighbouring countries also reflect the importance of those countries for the competitiveness of the EU and its Member States. The form of cooperation is affected by the size and structure of the economy of the particular country, its geographical location, geopolitical situation and its level of economic development, by bilateral trade and investment flows, its labour market situation and the migration flows between the country concerned and the EU. This study analyses these differences, the impacts of each form of cooperation, and the implications for the competitiveness of these countries and of the EU. Given the special connotation of the term ‘European Neighbourhood’ in the EU, this study instead uses the term ‘European Rim’ (or just ‘Rim’) for the countries covered. Following a mapping of the economic situation and the competitiveness of the Rim countries, the study proceeds to a brief analysis of the following aspects of the Rim’s competitiveness The economic impacts of existing agreements between EU Member States and Rim countries, including in terms of FDI and trade flows. A simulation of various scenarios covering free trade in goods between the EU and some of its neighbours is attempted. Where possible, the effects of bilateral agreements on the growth and productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Rim countries are investigated. The economic impact and the impact on competitiveness of migration and remittances flows between Rim countries and EU Member States are investigated, as is the effect these have on the labour market. Conclusions are drawn and policy recommendations made on the basis of the analysis; these cover the challenges and opportunities for the competitiveness of EU enterprises and sectors in the Rim countries.
    Date: 2012–10

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