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Influencing Factors as well as Implementation Path of Synergistic Development of Digitalization and Greening in Manufacturing Industry: Analysis from a Configuration Perspective

by Haiyong Jiang a,* Yinghui Han a  and  Yan Qin a
School of Business, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin, China
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REA  2024, 26; 3(1), 26;
Received: 10 November 2023 / Accepted: 4 March 2024 / Published Online: 11 March 2024


The manufacturing sector must incorporate digitalization and greening as crucial strategies to attain high level of development in the context of the digital economy, given its significant role in quality of environment. Most of existing studies explore net effect of a single or several factors on the digitalization or greening in the manufacturing industry. Limited investigation has been done to integrate various factors impacting the connection and synchronized advancement of digitalization and greening within the manufacturing. Factors affecting the synergy of digitalization and green change within manufacturing are recognized in this article, and a theoretical framework is established to analyze. FsQCA tool is also put into use to survey configurational cases, which contains synergy degree of green digitalization from 30 provinces’ manufacturing in China. Results show that: (1) Between 2007 and 2020, the development level of digital-green integration in the manufacturing industry shows an upward trend. There are three types of collaborative modes, namely, "industrial robot driven" "market development driven" and "market development driven - industrial robot driven", with each mode consisting of at least one to four equivalent pathways. (2) The marketization level and application of industrial robots are the important external and internal pulling forces that drive the synergy degree of digitalization and green change within manufacturing industry, respectively.(3) The influencing factors of the collaborative mode choice of digital-green development within manufacturing industry are complementary, among which, the degree of marketization is similar to the role of industrial robots in the configuration, which are capable to weaken the negative impact from insufficient government R&D investment support under specific conditions; (4) The non-high collaborative state of digital green in manufacturing industry is mainly due to the low level of marketization, openness, and economic development, as well as the low application rate of industrial robots and software products. This study enriches the theoretical understanding on digitalization and green change of manufacturing industry. Meanwhile, it also provides insights to advance the integrated and synergistic advancement of digital green transformation in manufacturing practice.

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Guilin University of Technology Research Initial Fund "Research on the Long-term Mechanism of Ecological Industrialization in Guangxi Ethnic Poor Areas" (GUTQDJJ2018120)

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Jiang, H.; Han, Y.; Qin, Y. Influencing Factors as well as Implementation Path of Synergistic Development of Digitalization and Greening in Manufacturing Industry: Analysis from a Configuration Perspective. Review of Economic Assessment, 2024, 3, 26.
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Jiang H, Han Y, Qin Y. Influencing Factors as well as Implementation Path of Synergistic Development of Digitalization and Greening in Manufacturing Industry: Analysis from a Configuration Perspective. Review of Economic Assessment; 2024, 3(1):26.
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Jiang, Haiyong; Han, Yinghui; Qin, Yan 2024. "Influencing Factors as well as Implementation Path of Synergistic Development of Digitalization and Greening in Manufacturing Industry: Analysis from a Configuration Perspective" Review of Economic Assessment 3, no.1:26.
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