Being innovative while being green: An experimental inquiry into how consumers respond to eco-innovative product designs

Paparoidamis, Nicholas G., Huong Tran, Thi Thanh, Leonidou, Leonidas C. and Zeriti, Athina (2019) Being innovative while being green: An experimental inquiry into how consumers respond to eco-innovative product designs. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 36 (6). pp. 824-847. ISSN 0737-6782

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Eco‐innovations are an effective way for companies to strategically align themselves with customers’ growing environmental concerns. Despite their crucial role, scant research has focused on eco‐innovative product designs. Drawing from the sustainability and innovation literature, this article proposes that in the design of an eco‐innovation, its degree of innovativeness, level of eco‐friendliness, and detachability significantly affect consumers' adoption intentions. This article develops various conceptual models tested through three independent online experiments with U.S. consumers. The findings support the hypotheses and provide useful insights into the underlying mechanisms of how and why consumers respond to eco‐innovative product designs across various high‐tech product categories. Specifically, the results show (1) a positive effect of innovativeness degrees of eco‐innovative attributes on consumers' perceptions of product eco‐friendliness and on their adoption intentions as well as a significant moderating role of consumers' need for cognition (Study 1); (2) a positive influence of eco‐friendliness levels of eco‐innovative attributes on consumer adoption intentions in the case of high‐complexity products but not for low‐complexity products, emphasizing the need to adopt different approaches when developing eco‐innovations to ensure favorable consumer reactions (Study 2); and (3) a significant impact of the detachability of eco‐innovative attributes on consumers' perceptions of trade‐offs between environmental benefits and product functionality and on their intentions to adopt eco‐innovations (Study 3). These findings add to existing theoretical knowledge, provide actionable managerial implications, and identify fruitful avenues for future research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue on Social Innovation
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Marketing
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2019 15:30
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 05:15
DOI: 10.1111/jpim.12509


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