An article by the University of Tuscia investigates the virtuous bond between business networks and environmental innovation
Company activities also involve the environment that surrounds them. This assumption now appears obvious, yet the bonds between production activities and the local territory (natural and human) which surrounds them still remain to be explored in an in-depth manner.
A contribution to this investigation is also made by Giulio Guarini, Giuseppe Garofalo, Arianna Moschetti (from the Department of Economics, Engineering, Society and Business at the University of Tuscia) as one of the topics of Argomenti – a magazine about economy, culture and social research.
“Reti d’impresa ambientali e innovazione: un’applicazione per l’Italia” (Environmental business networks and innovation: an application for Italy) is a correct and precise theoretical and operational analysis of the relations between companies, business networks and environmental innovation. The authors particularly write that the objective of the article is “to analyse the role of environmental business networks in innovation processes”.
The article then takes its cue from a theoretical analysis of innovation and of environmental innovation in particular. The role of networks emerges as fundamental. “The close bond between business networks and innovation – they explain -, emerges as a dynamic phenomenon: the interaction between different players with different skills and qualifications helps to create new knowledge and thus innovations, especially as a result of the complementarity between the various spheres of knowledge”.
After the theory, the article moves on to an operational analysis consisting of two parts. First of all a genuine mapping of the companies which in Italy participate in “environmental networks”, followed by an investigation into the organisational and structural characteristics of the companies involved.
The work by Guarini, Garofalo and Moschetti does not make for very easy reading, as there are many mathematical and analytical sections, but this is an article that – after analysis -, nevertheless manages to provide a clear summary of a complex issue.
Reti d’impresa ambientali e innovazione: un’applicazione per l’Italia (Environmental business networks and innovation: an application for Italy)
Giulio Guarini, Giuseppe Garofalo, Arianna Moschetti
Argomenti – a magazine about economy, culture and social research, third series, 8/2017