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Anisimova, T., Mavondo, F. T. & Weiss, J. F. (2019). Controlled and uncontrolled communication stimuli and organic food purchases: The mediating role of perceived communication clarity, perceived health benefits, and trust. Journal of Marketing Communications, 25(2), 180-203
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Controlled and uncontrolled communication stimuli and organic food purchases: The mediating role of perceived communication clarity, perceived health benefits, and trust
2019 (English)In: Journal of Marketing Communications, ISSN 1352-7266, E-ISSN 1466-4445, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 180-203Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite a growing demand worldwide, organic food remains a niche category, with consumers only purchasing it some of the time. This study examines the mediating effects of consumers’ perceived clarity of organic food-related communication, trust for, and perceived health benefits of organic foods in the relationship between controlled and uncontrolled communication stimuli and organic food purchases. We test our hypotheses on a sample of 1011 Australian organic food consumers using Structural Equation Modeling. We find that all mediators except perceived communication clarity perform as hypothesized, with the latter not mediating the relationship between uncontrolled communications and perceived health benefits of organic foods. The results suggest that marketers should ensure clarity in controlled organic food communications, signal health benefits of organic food and build consumer trust to generate organic purchases. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019
Keywords
communication clarity, Controlled communication, mediation analysis, organic food purchases, S-O-R model, uncontrolled communication
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38180 (URN)10.1080/13527266.2017.1387869 (DOI)2-s2.0-85031427895 (Scopus ID);IHHövrigtIS;JTHIndustriellIS (Local ID);IHHövrigtIS;JTHIndustriellIS (Archive number);IHHövrigtIS;JTHIndustriellIS (OAI)
Available from: 2017-12-14 Created: 2017-12-14 Last updated: 2019-03-22Bibliographically approved
Ghosal, V., Stephan, A. & Weiss, J. F. (2019). Decentralized environmental regulations and plant-level productivity. Business Strategy and the Environment, 28(6), 998-1011
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Decentralized environmental regulations and plant-level productivity
2019 (English)In: Business Strategy and the Environment, ISSN 0964-4733, E-ISSN 1099-0836, Vol. 28, no 6, p. 998-1011Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using the framework provided by the Porter hypothesis, we study the impact of environmental regulations and enforcement policies on plant-level green total factor productivity (TFP) growth and its components related to efficiency change and technical change. The detailed microdata we use are from Sweden and for the pulp and paper industry. This industry is the source of significant amounts of water and air pollution and is one of the most heavily environmentally regulated manufacturing industries. Sweden has a unique decentralized regulatory structure where the manufacturing plants have to comply with plant-specific regulatory standards stipulated at the national level, as well as decentralized local supervision and enforcement. Our empirical results point to beneficial impacts of the environmental policies on plants' green TFP growth and sustainable production practices. We also find that political economy considerations are important, as the presence of the Green Party and aspects like plant size (with corresponding local and regional economic effects) matter in enforcement of the standards.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2019
Keywords
efficiency, environmental policy, environmental regulations, green TFP, plant-level data, political economy, Porter hypothesis, productivity, pulp and paper industry, sustainable production, technical change
National Category
Business Administration Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43374 (URN)10.1002/bse.2297 (DOI)000483696100006 ()2-s2.0-85063295699 (Scopus ID);IHHCeFEOIS;JTHLogistikIS (Local ID);IHHCeFEOIS;JTHLogistikIS (Archive number);IHHCeFEOIS;JTHLogistikIS (OAI)
Available from: 2019-03-22 Created: 2019-03-22 Last updated: 2019-10-03Bibliographically approved
Anisimova, T. A., Weiss, J. F. & Mavondo, F. T. (2019). The influence of corporate brand perceptions on consumer satisfaction and loyalty via controlled and uncontrolled communications: a multiple mediation analysis. Journal of Consumer Marketing, 36(1), 33-49
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The influence of corporate brand perceptions on consumer satisfaction and loyalty via controlled and uncontrolled communications: a multiple mediation analysis
2019 (English)In: Journal of Consumer Marketing, ISSN 0736-3761, E-ISSN 2052-1200, Vol. 36, no 1, p. 33-49Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Drawing on the stimulus–organism–response (S-O-R) model, the purpose of this study is to investigate mediating effects of controlled and uncontrolled communications of corporate brand perceptions on consumer satisfaction and loyalty.

Design/methodology/approach: Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to test the hypotheses on a sample of 271 Australian automobile consumers.

Findings: The authors find that while consumer satisfaction is indirectly influenced by corporate-level attributes via controlled and uncontrolled communication, the authors did not find an indirect effect between consumer benefits on consumer satisfaction via controlled and uncontrolled communication. By contrast, the authors find highly significant indirect effects – via controlled and uncontrolled communication as well as consumer satisfaction – for the relationship between, on the one hand, corporate-level attributes and consumer benefits and consumer brand loyalty on the other. Uncontrolled communication was significantly associated with consumer loyalty, a relevant finding that indicates an importance of tracking media coverage and maintaining favorable relationships with the media.

Research limitations/implications: The cross-sectional method limits data collection to one point in time.

Practical implications: This study adds to a better understanding of how to leverage corporate brand through communications in ways that it positively resonates with consumers. A fine-grained analysis of corporate brand attributes and consumer-perceived benefits can aid managers in developing specific and more effective marketing strategies.

Originality/value: The overall thrust of this empirical study, which is to investigate how corporate brand perceptions influence short term (satisfaction) and long term (loyalty) via controlled and uncontrolled communications is original. This study comprehensively conceptualizes and operationalizes the corporate brand as a multidimensional construct consisting of corporate-level attributes and brand-level attributes such as perceived consumer benefits. To examine the hypothesized relationships between and among our constructs, the authors go beyond the commonly studied single mediator model and test a multiple mediator model instead.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019
Keywords
Consumer satisfaction and loyalty, Controlled and uncontrolled communications, Corporate brand, Mediating effects, S-O-R model
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-42929 (URN)10.1108/JCM-05-2017-2199 (DOI)000458219300004 ()2-s2.0-85060137638 (Scopus ID)JTHLogistikIS (Local ID)JTHLogistikIS (Archive number)JTHLogistikIS (OAI)
Available from: 2019-02-12 Created: 2019-02-12 Last updated: 2019-03-22Bibliographically approved
Weiss, J. F. & Anisimova, T. A. (2019). The innovation and performance effects of well-designed environmental regulation: evidence from Sweden. Industry and Innovation, 26(5), 534-567
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The innovation and performance effects of well-designed environmental regulation: evidence from Sweden
2019 (English)In: Industry and Innovation, ISSN 1366-2716, E-ISSN 1469-8390, Vol. 26, no 5, p. 534-567Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper provides novel empirical insights into the Porter hypothesis (PH) and its dynamic nature. The PH posits that well-designed environmental regulations induce eco-innovations at polluting firms that improve both their environmental and business performance via ‘innovation offsets.’ We conduct an econometric test of this proposition, using Swedish pulp and paper plants as empirical application. Swedish environmental regulation of polluting industries provides an interesting case because it has been praised, due to containing elements of ‘well-designed’ regulations, for being conducive to accomplishing the ‘win-win’ situation of mutual environmental and economic benefits. The empirical results indicate that flexible and dynamic command-and-control regulation and economic incentive instruments have induced innovation offsets through improved energy efficiency. Our study bears important implications: empirical tests of the PH that do not account for its dynamic nature, and that do not measure ‘well-designed’ regulations, might provide misleading conclusions as to its validity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019
Keywords
command-and-control, double dividend, economic instruments, innovation offsets, polluting industries, Porter hypothesis, well-designed regulation, win-win
National Category
Business Administration Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41064 (URN)10.1080/13662716.2018.1468240 (DOI)000464579000003 ()2-s2.0-85046453498 (Scopus ID)HOA JTH 2019;JTHLogistikIS (Local ID)HOA JTH 2019;JTHLogistikIS (Archive number)HOA JTH 2019;JTHLogistikIS (OAI)
Available from: 2018-07-25 Created: 2018-07-25 Last updated: 2019-05-08Bibliographically approved
Weiss, J. F., Anisimova, T. & Shirokova, G. (2019). The translation of entrepreneurial intention into start-up behaviour: The moderating role of regional social capital. International Small Business Journal, 37(5), 473-501
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The translation of entrepreneurial intention into start-up behaviour: The moderating role of regional social capital
2019 (English)In: International Small Business Journal, ISSN 0266-2426, E-ISSN 1741-2870, Vol. 37, no 5, p. 473-501Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines the moderating role of regional social capital in the intention–behaviour link in entrepreneurship. We investigate to what extent the regional social capital context in which aspiring entrepreneurs are embedded strengthens or weakens the translation of individual entrepreneurial intentions into new venture creation activities. Our results suggest that the intention–behaviour link is weakened by cognitive regional social capital in the form of regional hierarchy values and strengthened by structural regional capital in the form of regional cultural diversity and regional breadth of associational activity, as well as by relational regional social capital in the form of high levels of regional generalised trust. Our findings suggest that to support new venture creation activity, there is a need to grow regional social capital via the enhancement of social trust, associational activities and regional cultural diversity – and at the same time decrease hierarchical social structures within regions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2019
Keywords
contingency effects, entrepreneurial behaviour, entrepreneurial intention, intention–behaviour link, regional social capital, social embeddedness, theory of planned behavior
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43400 (URN)10.1177/0266242619831170 (DOI)000474895600003 ()2-s2.0-85062852982 (Scopus ID);JTHLogistikIS (Local ID);JTHLogistikIS (Archive number);JTHLogistikIS (OAI)
Available from: 2019-04-01 Created: 2019-04-01 Last updated: 2019-08-14Bibliographically approved
Weiss, J. F., Stephan, A. & Anisimova, T. (2019). Well-designed environmental regulation and firm performance: Swedish evidence on the Porter hypothesis and the effect of regulatory time strategies. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 62(2), 342-363
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Well-designed environmental regulation and firm performance: Swedish evidence on the Porter hypothesis and the effect of regulatory time strategies
2019 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, ISSN 0964-0568, E-ISSN 1360-0559, Vol. 62, no 2, p. 342-363Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using recent data on a cross-section of Swedish chemical and pulp and paper firms, this paper provides novel empirical insights into the Porter hypothesis. Well-designed environmental regulation can stimulate firms’ innovative capabilities, while at the same time generating innovation offsets that may both offset net compliance costs and yield a competitive edge over those firms that are not affected by such regulations. In doing so, we also test the alleged effectiveness of regulatory time strategies in stimulating innovation activities of regulated firms. We find evidence for the effectiveness of such well-designed regulations: announced rather than existing regulation induces innovation and some innovation offsets. Our results imply that empirical tests of the Porter hypothesis that do not account for its dynamic nature, and that do not measure well-designed regulations, might provide misleading conclusions as to its validity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019
Keywords
Porter hypothesis, environmental regulation, regulatory time strategies, firm innovation, firm performance
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38851 (URN)10.1080/09640568.2017.1419940 (DOI)000466167000009 ()2-s2.0-85041892103 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-02-15 Created: 2018-02-15 Last updated: 2019-05-27Bibliographically approved
Weiss, J. F. (2015). Essays on externalities, regulation, institutions, and firm performance. (Doctoral dissertation). Jönköping: Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Essays on externalities, regulation, institutions, and firm performance
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is devoted to the empirical analysis of how externalities—the nonexistence of private markets in some good or the absence of sufficient incentives to establish such markets— affect firm performance and growth. A minor part investigates a direct link between positive externalities, in the form of localized knowledge spillovers, and firm growth, by testing the so-called local export spillover hypothesis: Exporting firms in a region may reduce export entry costs for other local firms through export-related informal knowledge and information flows. The results support the notion of the role of such local externalities as external input into firms’ export-specific knowledge function, while also providing some support for such export spillovers being more important in contract-intensive industries and small firms.

The bulk of my articles examines indirect performance effects of negative pollution externalities. This type of externality calls for formal, as well as informal, institutions that take corrective measures to make polluting agents pay the social and environmental cost of their emissions, thereby restoring the social efficiency losses caused by those externalities. The operational tool to achieve an internalization of the social and environmental costs brought about by pollution externalities is environmental policy, with laws and regulations constituting common policy manifestations. In other words, protecting human health and the environment is the primary purpose of environmental policies. Increasingly, the economic growth paradigm of modern market economies has added a second argument to polluting societies’ welfare function: economic growth.

Harmonizing these two arguments—social and environmental well-being and economic welfare—has traditionally been considered difficult, with conventional wisdom arguing that environmental regulation of polluting agents is costly and ultimately detrimental to growth. Harvard professor Michael Porter, in his widely debated Porter Hypothesis, has challenged this entrenched view, arguing that environmental policy, if ‘well-designed,’ can attain a ‘double dividend’ or ‘win-win’situation of simultaneous environmental and economic benefits. The present thesis aims to find empirical evidence of Porter’s reasoning. Using microdata on the Swedish pulp, paper and chemical industries, it attempts to empirically analyze whether there are adequate institutional configurations in the form of properly crafted environmental policies that allow for an internalization of pollution externalities such that a ‘win-win’ situation characterized by the simultaneous accomplishment of environmental benefits for society and economic benefits for the polluting agents can be created. The empirical results suggest that environmental regulation, if properly designed, indeed can induce mutual environmental and economic benefits, which provides valuable implications for modern environmental policy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, 2015. p. 352
Series
JIBS Dissertation Series, ISSN 1403-0470 ; 102
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-25935 (URN)978-91-86345-57-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
(English)
Supervisors
Available from: 2015-02-24 Created: 2015-02-24 Last updated: 2015-02-24Bibliographically approved
Andersson, M. & Weiss, J. F. (2012). External Trade and Internal Geography: Local Export Spillovers by Industry Characteristics and Firm Size. Spatial Economic Analysis, 7(4), 421-446
Open this publication in new window or tab >>External Trade and Internal Geography: Local Export Spillovers by Industry Characteristics and Firm Size
2012 (English)In: Spatial Economic Analysis, ISSN 1742-1772, E-ISSN 1742-1780, Vol. 7, no 4, p. 421-446Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Exporting firms in a region may reduce export entry costs for other local firms either through market or non-market interactions. This paper tests this proposition by analyzing whether the probability of exporting among Swedish firms is positively associated with the local presence of exporters in their region and industry. Our results support this conjecture, while also providing some support for such export spillovers being more important in contract-intensive industries and small firms. The results for different industries and size-classes of firms are also sensitive to whether we focus on firms' export status or restrict the sample to export starters.

Keywords
Agglomeration, export, local export spillovers, transaction costs, relationship-specific investment, small firms, international trade, spillovers
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-22016 (URN)10.1080/17421772.2012.722664 (DOI)000310145100003 ()2-s2.0-84867977599 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2013-09-24 Created: 2013-09-24 Last updated: 2019-03-22Bibliographically approved
Lejpras, A., Stephan, A., Bartkowiak, I., Kampe, C., Höhne, M. & Weiss, J. (2010). Innovationspotenzialanalyse: Stadt Luckenwalde. Berlin: DIW Berlin
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovationspotenzialanalyse: Stadt Luckenwalde
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2010 (German)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: DIW Berlin, 2010. p. 137
Keywords
Regionales Innovationspotenzial, regionale Innovationspolitik, Cluster, Wissensbasis
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-12837 (URN)
Available from: 2010-09-07 Created: 2010-08-03 Last updated: 2019-03-22Bibliographically approved
Stephan, A. & Weiss, J. (2010). Regionale Innovationspolitik: Konzentration auf Hightech kann in die Irre führen. Wochenbericht des DIW Berlin, 77(29), 8-11
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Regionale Innovationspolitik: Konzentration auf Hightech kann in die Irre führen
2010 (German)In: Wochenbericht des DIW Berlin, ISSN 0012-1304, Vol. 77, no 29, p. 8-11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: DIW Berlin, 2010
Keywords
Regional innovation capacity, regional innovation policy, cluster, knowledge bases, Regionales Innovationspotenzial, regionale Innovationspolitik, Cluster, Wissensbasis
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-12838 (URN)
Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-03 Last updated: 2019-03-22Bibliographically approved
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