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New Product Development and Absorptive Capacity in Industrial Districts: A Multidimensional Approach


  • Manuel Exposito-Langa
  • F. Xavier Molina-Morales
  • Josep Capo-Vicedo


Exposito-Langa M., Molina-Morales F. X. and Capo-Vicedo J. New product development and absorptive capacity in industrial districts: a multidimensional approach, Regional Studies. This research studies to what extent the absorptive capacity of a firm influences its capacity to exploit new opportunities through new products, particularly in a specific context of industrial districts. A multidimensional approach to the absorptive capacity concept is used to distinguish between identification, assimilation, and exploitation of external knowledge. The population of companies belonging to a Spanish textile district is studied. Findings suggest that information and knowledge that a company receives from external sources provide the company with the necessary abilities to innovate. In the present case, the greater the absorptive capacity, the greater the innovation capacity for the company. [image omitted] Exposito-Langa M., Molina-Morales F. X. et Capo-Vicedo J. La mise au point des produits nouveaux et la capacite d'absorption dans les districts industriels: une facon multi-dimensionnelle, Regional Studies. Cette recherche etudie jusqu'a quel point la capacite d'absorption d'une entreprise influe sur sa capacite d'exploiter de nouvelles possibilites par moyen des produits nouveaux, notamment dans le contexte des districts industriels. On applique une facon multidimensionnelle a la notion de capacite d'absorption afin de distinguer entre l'identification, l'assimilation et l'exploitation de la connaissance externe. On etudie le parc d'entreprises implante sur un district du textile en Espagne. Les resultats laissent supposer que l'information et la connaissance que recoit une entreprise des sources externes fournissent ce dont elles ont besoin pour innover. Il s'avere de la presente etude que la plus grande est la capacite d'absorption, la plus grande est la capacite d'innovation. Capacite d'absorption Connaissance District industriel Innovation Mise au point des produits nouveaux Exposito-Langa M., Molina-Morales F. X. und Capo-Vicedo J. Die Entwicklung neuer Produkte und die absorptive Kapazitat in Industriebezirken: ein multidimensionaler Ansatz, Regional Studies. In diesem Beitrag untersuchen wir, in welchem Ausmass sich insbesondere im spezifischen Kontext der Industriebezirke die absorptive Kapazitat einer Firma auf ihre Kapazitat auswirkt, neue Gelegenheiten durch neue Produkte zu nutzen. Zur Unterscheidung zwischen der Identifizierung, der Assimilation und der Nutzung von externem Wissen wird ein multidimensionaler Ansatz fur die absorptive Kapazitat herangezogen. Untersucht wurden die Firmen eines Textilbezirks in Spanien. Aus den Ergebnissen geht hervor, dass die Informationen und das Wissen, die eine Firma von externen Quellen bezieht, der Firma die notigen Fahigkeiten zur Innovation verleihen. Im vorliegenden Fall gilt, dass die innovative Kapazitat einer Firma um so grosser ausfallt, je grosser ihre absorptive Kapazitat ist. Absorptive Kapazitat Wissen Industriebezirk Innovation Entwicklung neuer Produkte Exposito-Langa M., Molina-Morales F. X. y Capo-Vicedo J. Desarrollo de nuevos productos y capacidad de absorcion en distritos industriales. Una aproximacion multidimensional, Regional Studies. El presente trabajo estudia el efecto de la capacidad de absorcion en la empresa sobre el desarrollo de nuevos productos, dentro de un contexto de distrito industrial. Utilizamos una aproximacion multidimensional para el concepto de la capacidad de absorcion con el objeto de distinguir entre la identificacion, asimilacion y explotacion de conocimiento. Hemos trabajado con empresas pertenecientes al distrito industrial textil espanol. Los resultados sugieren que las externalidades que la empresa recibe en forma de informacion y conocimiento de su entorno, junto a las habilidades internas necesarias, benefician su proceso de innovacion. De forma particular, el desarrollo de la capacidad de absorcion en la empresa favorece su capacidad innovadora. Capacidad de absorcion Conocimiento Distrito industrial Innovacion Desarrollo de nuevos productos

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  • Manuel Exposito-Langa & F. Xavier Molina-Morales & Josep Capo-Vicedo, 2011. "New Product Development and Absorptive Capacity in Industrial Districts: A Multidimensional Approach," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(3), pages 319-331.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:45:y:2011:i:3:p:319-331
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400903241535

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