Measurement of innovation capability in supply chain: an exploratory study
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Innovation Science, ISSN 1757-2223, E-ISSN 1757-2231, Vol. 8, no 4, 331-349 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore the development of innovation capability construct measures in the context of supply chain and to objectively identify the key dimensions for stimulating focal firms’ innovativeness.
Design/methodology/approach - The scale items for this research were obtained from extant literature. The data were collected from homogenous sample of 117 Ghanaian middle level managers (respondents). Exploratory factor analysis was used to identify the main dimensions of innovation capability. Based on the statistical analysis, four dimensions were obtained – idea management, idea implementation, collaboration and learning – and the convergent validity, discriminant validity, nomological validity and reliability tests indicate that the scales are valid and reliable
Findings - Four dimensions (factors) of innovation capability were identified from the exploratory factor analysis. These dimensions were labelled as idea management, idea implementation, collaboration and learning. The results indicate that the integration of the dimensions of innovation capability may stimulate a focal firm’s innovativeness.
Research limitations/implications - First, the measurement scale might not capture all the important dimensions of innovation capability. Second, the judgmental sampling used in this study means that the result cannot be generalised to the entire supply chain population, third, the sample was drawn from one geographical location using non-probability sampling technique.
Practical implications - The measures provide supply chain managers with a better approach of understanding the innovation capability in their supply chain. For instance, the measurement of supply chain’s innovation capability should help supply chain managers to determine the important innovation areas that need attention most and to permit them to respond to challenges posed by any kind of innovation capability dimension that needs to be enhanced.
Originality/value - The unique contribution of this paper is the development innovation capability measurement scale in the context of supply chain. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2016
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016. Vol. 8, no 4, 331-349 p.
Collaboration, Learning, Innovation capability, Innovation, Supply chain
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32881OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-32881DiVA: diva2:1061310