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Eco-Innovation in Circular Agri-Business

Dong-Her Shih (), Chia-Ming Lu (), Chia-Hao Lee (), Sin-Ye Cai (), Kuo-Jui Wu () and Ming-Lang Tseng ()
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Dong-Her Shih: Department of Information Management, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Douliu 64002, Taiwan
Chia-Ming Lu: Department of Information Management, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Douliu 64002, Taiwan
Chia-Hao Lee: Department of Finance, MingDao University, Changhua County 52345, Taiwan
Sin-Ye Cai: Department of Information Management, Lunghwa University of Science & Technology, Taoyuan 33306, Taiwan
Kuo-Jui Wu: School of Business, Dalian University of Technology, Panjing 124221, China
Ming-Lang Tseng: Institute of Innovation and Circular Economy, Asia University, Taichung 41354, Taiwan

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 4, 1-13

Abstract: This study constructs a theory of eco-innovation in circular agri-business. Although previous studies have discussed eco-innovation in circular agri-business, they did not address eco-innovation from the perspective of a closed-loop sustainable supply chain. Hence, this study applied the fuzzy TOPSIS method to conduct the analysis and determine the interrelationship between eco-innovation and the closed-loop concept. The results are consistent with the theory and a significant improvement in terms of the decisive attributes. The findings suggest that improving water management, relationships with suppliers, knowledge sharing, environmental management systems, and new product and service development are the most effective and efficient ways to build eco-innovation in circular agri-business. The managerial and theoretical implications are discussed.

Keywords: eco-innovation; fuzzy TOPSIS; circular agri-business; closed-loop supply chains (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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