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Measurement of innovation capability in supply chain: an exploratory study
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Innovation Science, ISSN 1757-2223, E-ISSN 1757-2231, Vol. 8, no 4, p. 331-349Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016. Vol. 8, no 4, p. 331-349
Keywords [en]
Collaboration, Learning, Innovation capability, Innovation, Supply chain
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Business Administration
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35643DOI: 10.1108/IJIS-07-2016-0015ISI: 000412566500004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85019212515OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-35643DiVA, id: diva2:1161572
Available from: 2017-11-30 Created: 2017-11-30 Last updated: 2018-03-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Innovation Capability within a Supply Chain Context
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation Capability within a Supply Chain Context
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A firm’s supply chain faces challenges relating to reducing operational cost while at the same time producing innovative products and services to meet consumers’ current and potential demand. One important phenomenon in the field of innovation research is the concept of innovation capability. The purpose of this thesis is to empirically explore innovation capability as a firm interacts with its supply chain members. In order to achieve the above stated purpose, the thesis attempted to answer the overarching research question: How does a focal firm’s interaction with its supply chain members affect its innovation capability?

To answer the research question, a multiple method approach was adopted. This consists of two qualitative case studies, conceptual analysis, a quantitative study of a sample of 117 managers and systematic literature review (SLR). First; we used the systematic literature review (SLR) method to identify important innovation capability factors and theories applied in innovation capability studies. Second, multiple case studies were used to further investigate innovation capability in a supply chain context. Third, quantitative survey-method was used to explore innovation capability measures in the context of the supply chain.

Five individual papers are presented in this thesis. The findings are summarised and presented in the cover (“kappa”) of the thesis. The findings revealed that focal firms’ innovation capability was influenced as a result of a focal firm’s interaction with its supply chain members. In addition, technological embeddedness influences innovation capability of the focal firms. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Halmstad University Press, 2018. p. 101
Series
Halmstad University Dissertations ; 44
Keywords
supply chain, innovation, innovation capability, collaboration, idea management
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36380 (URN)978-91-87045-90-5 (ISBN)978-91-87045-91-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-03-27, O124, Linjegatan 12, Halmstad, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-03-06 Created: 2018-03-05 Last updated: 2018-03-06Bibliographically approved

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