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Innovation Capability and Product Innovation Performance: The case of low-tech manufacturing firms
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
2016 (English)In: European Business Review, ISSN 0955-534X, E-ISSN 1758-7107Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Purpose - Despite the growing interest in innovation of low-tech herbal manufacturing industry from strategic and policy standpoints, little empirical research exists on their innovation capability. The purpose of this study is to explore innovation capability and its effect on product innovation performance of small low-tech herbal manufacturing firms. Design/methodology/approach - Innovation capability has been important to large firms in general and to some small firms in particular in order to address the issue of survival and profitability. A case study method is adopted to explore the process of innovation capability of low-tech manufacturing firms. Findings - Analysis of the two case studies reveals that collaborating with institutional actors, customers, suppliers and other competitors in interactive learning, coupled with idea management and idea implementation, has been factors that has influenced innovation capability and the case firms’ product innovation performance (i.e. profitability, market share, sales, return on assets, and return on investment). Research limitations/implications - First, in this study, we analysed two homogenous companies from the same geographical context. It could be fruitful to extend the scope to include firms in other geographical contexts and different industries, where the theoretical arguments advanced in this study can be tested further. Originality/Value - Although the research field of innovation capability is growing lately; few attempts have been made to explore innovation capability and its effect on product innovation performance of small low-tech herbal manufacturing firms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016.
Keywords [en]
innovation capability, product innovation performance, learning, collaboration
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36233OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-36233DiVA, id: diva2:1180931
Available from: 2018-02-07 Created: 2018-02-07 Last updated: 2018-03-06
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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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