Exploring the influence of knowledge management process on corporate sustainable performance through green innovation

Mohsin Shahzad, Ying Qu, Abaid Ullah Zafar, Saif Ur Rehman, Tahir Islam

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Purpose: Enhancing green innovation for corporate sustainability is one of the recent issues globally. Knowledge management has been determined as a core factor that hamstrings green innovation. The existing literature was limited to expose the importance of the knowledge management process for corporate sustainable performance. Thus, this paper aims to examine the role of the knowledge management process for corporate sustainable performance with the integration of green innovation and organizational agility following the resource-based view theory. 

Design/methodology/approach: Cross-sectional design was used in this study. Data were gathered through convenience sampling from 475 respondents of multinational manufacturing corporations of Pakistan, analyzed by using structural equation modeling. 

Findings: This study revealed that the knowledge management process and its all constructs (acquisition, dissemination and application) lead toward green innovation; further, green innovation influences corporate sustainable performance and its all constructs (environment, economic and social). Green innovation partially mediates the association between the knowledge management process and corporate sustainable performance. Besides, organizational agility has a positive effect on green innovation and corporate sustainable performance but was not found moderating these relations. The study educates that organizations investing in innovative technologies and adopting greener strategies are not only adequate for achieving sustainable performance, soft issues such as knowledge management and organizational agility but also important factors in the current knowledge base economy. 

Originality/value: This study is an attempt to examine the previously undiscovered multi-dimensional relationships among the knowledge management process, green innovation, organizational agility and corporate sustainable performance. The presence of a positive correlation among these constructs was observed, proving the conceptual framework for this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2079-2106
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Knowledge Management
Issue number9
Early online date20 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Corporate sustainable performance
  • Green innovation
  • Knowledge management process
  • Organizational agility
  • Structural equation modeling


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