Process innovation objectives and management complementarities: patterns, drivers, co-adoption and performance effects

Hervás Oliver, José Luis, Sempere-Ripoll, Francisca and Boronat-Moll, Carles (2012). Process innovation objectives and management complementarities: patterns, drivers, co-adoption and performance effects. UNU-MERIT.

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  • Author Hervás Oliver, José Luis
    Sempere-Ripoll, Francisca
    Boronat-Moll, Carles
    Title Process innovation objectives and management complementarities: patterns, drivers, co-adoption and performance effects
    Publication Date 2012
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Abstract The excessive concentration of the innovation literature on product development, its drivers and effects, has almost neglected an important strategy which develops and sustains a firm's competitive advantage: process development or innovation. This is an examination of process innovation as more than a mere dependent variable for predicting innovators. It provides insights into the poor attention that process innovation variable has received as an indicator of a firm's performance. In addition, the paper relates this process with the management innovation phenomenon. Using 8,977 firms from Spain through CIS data, findings suggest: (1) most process innovation performance is explained without R&D variables; (2) process innovation process innovation was observed to have a strong dependence on external sources of knowledge, mainly via the acquisition of embodied knowledge; (3) an important "implementation" effect or "learning by trying" effect is observed in which the acquisition of embodied knowledge requires the organization to couple the new technology with existing processes; (4) the simultaneous co-adoption of management innovation positively moderates and improves process performance (5) product innovation is not related to process innovation performance. The latter result is unrelated to consideration of co-adoption of product and process innovation. Two-step Heckman procedures control for the selection process. The paper presents important implications for policymakers and scholars.
    Keyword Process innovation
    Process innovation performance
    Management innovation
    Embodied knowledge acquisition
    Product innovation
    JEL Q31
    L25
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2012
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