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Innovation and sustainability: the Italian scenario

Rosanna Cataldo
University of Naples Federico II, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-6324-8252

Maria Gabriella Grassia
University of Naples Federico II, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-7128-7323

Paolo Mazzocchi
University of Naples Parthenope, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-6632-314X

Claudio Quintano
University of Naples Suor Orsola Benincasa, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0001-8315-8476

Antonella Rocca
University of Naples Parthenope, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0001-8171-3149


Society and policy makers demand innovation systems oriented towards several goals of sustainable development. Therefore, recent literature has dedicated a growing interest to both innovation and sustainability in the pursuit of environmental, economic and social development; in addition, the emerging topic of ‘sustainable innovation’ (and ‘eco-innovation’) seems to combine the main features of them. The definition of these concepts has been significantly changed during the last decades, and a broad discussion continues today about which indicators should be used to measure innovation, sustainability and their combination. The current paper investigates this relationship, and - in the authors’ opinion - the research question connected to the impact of the innovative product (and service and process) solutions on sustainability can be addressed by means of a stable theoretical framework. To study the interaction between innovation and sustainability, the usage of specific territorial features might represent a useful perspective to manage short-and long-term environmental and economic issues. As for the theoretical model, the present article considers a specific technique suitable for investigating the entire set of characteristics involved in the model. From a public makers and managerial point of view, the possibility of improving the firm’ efficiencies in terms of several dimensions of sustainable innovation represents a relevant topic that must be encouraged.
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Keywords: Sustainability, Innovation, Composite Indicators



Pages: 71-76

Published by: Firenze University Press

Publication year: 2021

DOI: 10.36253/978-88-5518-304-8.15

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Cataldo, R.; Grassia, M.; Mazzocchi, P.; Quintano, C.; Rocca, A.; 2021; Innovation and sustainability: the Italian scenario. Firenze, Firenze University Press.


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