The determinants of green intellectual capital

Ching Hsun Chang, Yu Shan Chen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aims to develop an original framework of green intellectual capital to explore the positive effect of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on green intellectual capital through the partial mediator - environmental consciousness. Design/methodology/approach: This study summarizes the concepts of CSR and green management to develop an integral framework to enhance green intellectual capital. Structural equation modeling (SEM) is applied to verify the research framework. Findings: This study utilizes SEM to explore the influences of CSR and environmental consciousness on three types of green intellectual capital - green human capital, green structural capital, and green relationship capital. The empirical results of this study demonstrate that CSR and environmental consciousness have positive effects on three types of green intellectual capital. Besides, this study verifies that environmental consciousness is a partial mediator between CSR and three types of green intellectual capital. In addition, this study classifies the Taiwanese manufacturing companies into three groups - highly, medially, and lowly ethic companies. The results show that three types of green intellectual capital of highly ethic companies are the most, and those of medially ethic companies are the next, while those of lowly ethic companies are the least. Originality/value: This study integrates the theories of CSR and green management to develop an integral conceptual model of green intellectual capital to explore its managerial implications and determinants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-94
Number of pages21
JournalManagement Decision
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • Environmental consciousness
  • Green human capital
  • Green intellectual capital
  • Green relationship capital
  • Green structural capital
  • Human capital
  • Intellectual capital

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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