Process innovation in small- and medium-sized enterprises: The critical roles of external knowledge sourcing and absorptive capacity

Omid Aliasghar*, Arash Sadeghi, Elizabeth L. Rose

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Abstract

Although previous studies have contributed substantially to our understanding of the role of external collaboration on product innovation in the context of high-tech industries in developed countries, there has been limited attention to the role of knowledge search on process innovation in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in extreme institutional environments. Drawing on the open innovation and absorptive capacity literatures, two key findings emerge from our study of 124 SMEs operating in the automotive industry. First, we find that external knowledge-search breadth, but not depth, is related to the development of process innovation. Second, process innovation is positively related to performance.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Small Business Management
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • absorptive capacity
  • attention-based theories
  • Open innovation
  • process innovation
  • search breadth
  • search depth

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