Ecological Community Logics, Identifiable Business Ownership, and Green Innovation as a Company Response

Yannick Bammens*, Paul Hünermund

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We investigate which companies are more inclined to respond with green innovation to ecological community logics. We propose that the noneconomic utility of doing so – in the form of personal reputation gains for business owners – is greater when owner identifiability is higher, and that owner identifiability therefore intensifies the effect of normative ecological community pressures on firm-level green innovation. Our hypotheses are tested on a sample of over 2800 German firms using instrumental variable regression analyses and we find empirical support for our ideas. This study advances the institutional sustainability literature by explaining how community- and firm-level attributes interact to account for heterogeneity in firms' green innovation activities.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104826
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number8
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023


  • Institutional logics
  • Community
  • Ecological sustainability
  • Innovation
  • Eco-innovation
  • Business ownership

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