EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

A Multi-Dimensional Approach of Green Marketing Competitive Advantage: A Perspective of Small Medium and Micro Enterprises from Western Cape, South Africa

Rodney Duffett (), Tudor Edu (), Norbert Haydam (), Costel Negricea () and Rodica Zaharia ()
Additional contact information
Rodney Duffett: Marketing Department, Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Keizersgracht and Tennant Street, Cape Town 8000, South Africa
Norbert Haydam: Marketing Department, Faculty of Business and Management Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Keizersgracht and Tennant Street, Cape Town 8000, South Africa
Rodica Zaharia: Department of International Business and Economics, Faculty of International Business and Economics, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, 6 Piata Romana, 1st District, 010374 Bucharest, Romania

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 10, 1-27

Abstract: The study focuses on green competitive advantage from a multi-dimensional perspective, investigating the impact of green marketing tools and company descriptive variables on these dimensions. The data were collected from small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) from Western Cape/South Africa, an area marked by long-term water consumption restrictions. A qualitative approach was considered for variable tailoring to the SMMEs’ peculiarities, followed by a quantitative study, employing a sample of 237 companies, for testing each competitive advantage dimension against the established green marketing tools and company descriptive variables using logistic regressions. Each competitiveness variable was explained by at least one green marketing tool. Donating money and/or allocating time for environmental purposes explained three dependent variables, while selling biodegradable/recycled/refurbished products had an inverse relationship with two of them. Business type and number of operational years had a significant impact on three dimensions. This study enriches the literature by using green competitive advantage dimensions and not a latent factor, analyzing the impact of company descriptive variables as explanatory variables and prompting green strategies for small and medium businesses. The model could be improved by tests in other geographic areas, including green distribution and price variables and other descriptive factors (turnover, responsible investment and internationalization).

Keywords: green competitive advantage; green marketing; descriptive variables; SMME; Western Cape; South Africa; logistic regression (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/10/3764/pdf (application/pdf)
https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/10/3764/ (text/html)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:10:y:2018:i:10:p:3764-:d:176642

Access Statistics for this article

Sustainability is currently edited by Prof. Dr. Marc A. Rosen

More articles in Sustainability from MDPI, Open Access Journal
Bibliographic data for series maintained by XML Conversion Team ().

 
Page updated 2019-04-06
Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:10:y:2018:i:10:p:3764-:d:176642