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The Ability To Integrate Different Types Of Knowledge And Its Effect On Innovation Performance


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    (School of Business and Engineering, Halmstad University, SE-301 18, Halmstad, Sweden)

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    The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of a firm's ability to integrate knowledge on their innovation performance, in order to help firm's prioritise their resources, used for knowledge integration, more effectively. Data were collected from a survey mailed to R&D managers in firms with between 100–1,000 employees in a cross-section of industries. Five hypotheses were tested using multiple regression analysis with and without interaction terms. The results indicate that a categorisation of knowledge is useful for understanding knowledge integration. The study also shows that the ability to integrate domain-specific knowledge is significantly related to innovation performance. Furthermore, the results indicate that technology turbulence in the industry has a positive moderating effect on the above relation. Managerial implications suggest how managers can focus their efforts in order to effectively integrate knowledge in product development projects.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal International Journal of Innovation Management.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 02 ()
    Pages: 1250014-1-1250014-32

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijimxx:v:16:y:2012:i:02:p:1250014-1-1250014-32

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    Keywords: Knowledge integration; innovation performance; product innovation; knowledge framework; medium-sized firms; regression analysis;


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    1. Loay ALTAMIMI, 2014. "Web 2.0 Tools in the Innovation Process A Systematic Literature Review," Informatica Economica, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 18(1), pages 40-55.


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