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CEO Hometown Identity and Firm Green Innovation

Ren, S.; Wang, Y.; Hu, Y.; Yan, J.

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S. Ren

Y. Wang

Y. Hu


Drawn on the upper echelons theory, this study investigates how chief executive officer (CEO) hometown identity drives firm green innovation. We propose that CEO hometown identity has a positive impact on a firm's green innovation performance. Furthermore, we explore the moderating role of managerial discretion determined by organizational and environmental factors (i.e., institutional ownership and market complexity). We propose that institutional ownership negatively moderates the positive relationship between CEO hometown identity and green innovation, but market complexity plays a positive moderating role. Using Chinese publicly listed firms from 2002 to 2016 in heavily polluting industries, our findings support these hypotheses. Our research contributes to the upper echelons theory and corporate social responsibility literature and has substantial practical implications.


Ren, S., Wang, Y., Hu, Y., & Yan, J. (2021). CEO Hometown Identity and Firm Green Innovation. Business Strategy and the Environment, 30(2), 756-774.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 25, 2020
Online Publication Date Nov 13, 2020
Publication Date 2021-02
Deposit Date Nov 5, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2022
Journal Business Strategy and the Environment
Print ISSN 0964-4733
Publisher ERP Environment
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 2
Pages 756-774
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