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Exploiting supplier innovativeness through knowledge integration
University of Gävle. (KITE)
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. (KITE)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5427-3560
Stockholm University.
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Technology Management, ISSN 0267-5730, E-ISSN 1741-5276, Vol. 61, no 3/4, 237-253 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Firms are increasingly involving and relying on networks of  suppliers and other external partners in their innovation processes. A successful exploitation of suppliers’ technology and competencies is however challenging, not least in situations characterised by technological uncertainty. The main purpose of this study is to analyse how supplier innovativeness may be leveraged through internal knowledge integration capabilities in involving suppliers. The analysis is based on a survey of firms in Europe and North America. The study shows that innovative suppliers do contribute to a firm’s innovation performance in terms of time-to-market and level of innovation in products/services. The main result is that an internal knowledge integration capability in terms of proficiency in supplier management and cross-functional decision making boosts innovation performance, in particular when technological uncertainty is high.

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InderScience Publishers, 2013. Vol. 61, no 3/4, 237-253 p.
Keyword [en]
supplier innovation; sourcing; knowledge integration; purchasing proficiency; cross-functional decisions; technological uncertainty; innovation performance
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-89699DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2013.052669ISI: 000318586700003OAI: diva2:609036
Available from: 2013-03-04 Created: 2013-03-04 Last updated: 2015-03-04

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