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A cultural perspective on innovation in international manufacturing

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  • Vecchi, Alessandra
  • Brennan, Louis
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    This paper presents the results of a survey administered across 24 countries that examines innovation in manufacturing firms by adopting Hofstede's national cultural framework. The purpose of this study is to test the validity of the "culture-specific" argument as an explanatory construct for innovation performance in international manufacturing. Data was collected in 2006 as part of the International Manufacturing Strategy Survey IV (IMSS) by relying on a questionnaire addressed to firms classified by ISIC codes (rev.3.1) Divisions 28-35. From the findings it emerges that the "culture-specific argument" is a useful explanatory construct for innovation performance.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Research in International Business and Finance.

    Volume (Year): 23 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 181-192

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:riibaf:v:23:y:2009:i:2:p:181-192

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    Keywords: Innovation Culture Global manufacturing IMSS survey;

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    1. Doyle, Eleanor & O’Connor, Fergal, 2013. "Innovation capacities in advanced economies: Relative performance of small open economies," Research in International Business and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 27(1), pages 106-123.

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