Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 10, pp 9556–9578 | Cite as

A grey DEMATEL-based approach for modeling enablers of green innovation in manufacturing organizations

  • Himanshu Gupta
  • Mukesh Kumar Barua
Research Article


Incorporating green practices into the manufacturing process has gained momentum over the past few years and is a matter of great concern for both manufacturers as well as researchers. Regulatory pressures in developed countries have forced the organizations to adopt green practices; however, this issue still lacks attention in developing economies like India. There is an urgent need to identify enablers of green innovation for manufacturing organizations and also to identify prominent enablers among those. This study is an attempt to first identify enablers of green innovation and then establish a causal relationship among them to identify the enablers that can drive others. Grey DEMATEL (Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory) methodology is used for establishing the causal relationship among enablers. The novelty of this study lies in the fact that no study has been done in the past to identify the enablers of green innovation and then establishing the causal relationship among them. A total of 21 enablers of green innovation have been identified; research indicates developing green manufacturing capabilities, resources for green innovation, ease of getting loans from financial institutions, and environmental regulations as the most influential enablers of green innovation. Managerial and practical implications of the research are also presented to assist managers of the case company in adopting green innovation practices at their end.


Green innovation DEMATEL Enablers Grey theory Decision making 


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  1. 1.Department of Management StudiesIIT RoorkeeRoorkeeIndia

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