ECO-DEKS – External knowledge sourcing strategies for environmental innovation in the industrial sector of Nigeria

Globally, the industrial sector substantially contributes to the high level of the world’s consumption of energy, natural resources and generation of waste. It is one of the most energy and resource intensive sectors in the world. Nigeria, one of the largest economies in Africa, does not have a clear cut policy on eco-innovation. More importantly, in light of the challenges such as resource scarcity, inadequate power supply, hazardous substances and waste generation, resource inefficiency and high intensity energy consumption facing the industrial sector, there is an urgent need to assess the policy measures that will guarantee transition to a sustainable manufacturing (UNEP 2011) which is fair and creates social and economic benefits in the country. However, before these can be achieved, it is crucial to understand how firms access, assimilate and develop the knowledge needed to reduce their environmental footprints. The overall objective of ECO-innovation and the Dynamics of External Knowledge Sourcing (ECO-DEKS) is to examine the dynamics of alliance portfolio for eco-innovation in the manufacturing and service sectors of Nigeria using both qualitative and quantitative data. ECO-DEKS focuses on the two sectors because of their significance to environmental sustainability. Together, these two sectors account for 70.84% of the GDP of the Nigerian economy in 2017. The sectors are similar in that they are characterized by considerable innovation potentials and by the highest potential environmental gains, but differ in terms of technology and the context within which the economic agents act. Therefore, the way in which firms within each sector access external knowledge useful for innovation is arguably and markedly different. To date, virtually no evidence exists regarding how eco-innovative firms in the manufacturing and service sectors access and implement analytic and synthetic external knowledge for competitive green advantage particularly within the context of developing countries. Shedding light on these crucial issues will bring fresh and policy-relevant insights to the debate on the greening of the economy in developing countries hence the need for this project.

The ECO-DEKS Marie Curie fellow is Muhammed Morufu Sanni

Duration
24 months from 23/10/2019 to 22/10/2021
Funded by
  • European Commission, Research Executive Agency

Coordinating organization
  • CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

CMCC Scientific Leader
CMCC Project manager
Division

General aims

The overall objective of ECO-innovation and the Dynamics of External Knowledge Sourcing (ECO-DEKS) is to examine the dynamics of alliance portfolio for eco-innovation in the manufacturing and service sectors of Nigeria using both qualitative and quantitative data.


CMCC Role

CMCC is the host institution


Expected results

To the best of our knowledge, ECO-DEKS is the first project to bring to light the dynamics of alliance portfolio or external knowledge sourcing strategies for eco-innovation within the context of developing countries using samples from the biggest economy in Africa.ECO-DEKS will also generate data that can serve as basis for comparison between manufacturing and service eco-innovative firms. This will allow the first-of-its-kind investigation of points of departure or convergence between the two sectors in open eco-innovation studies. Systematic studies on eco-innovation in the service sector are largely missing in the mainstream literature both in the developed and developing countries despite the increasing global relevance of this sector to environmental sustainability. ECO-DEKS intends to bridge this gap. ECO-DEKS will also investigate less explored gender dimensions in eco-innovative performance so as to understand the effects of female firm-level leadership on eco-innovation implementation. Choosing Nigeria as the focus of the analysis is strategically important for other similar developing countries based on the composition of its economy and market potentials. This has a lot of implications for knowledge transfer for technological and non-technological eco-innovations across the boundaries created by specialized knowledge domains between the North and the South.


Activity
  1. Literature Review and Development of the Methods
  2. Data collection, analysis and training
  3. Report Writing
  4. Communication and Dissemination of the research outputs
  5. Development of the data management plan

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