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Knowledge-driven preferences in informal inbound open innovation modes. An explorative view on small to medium enterprises

Knowledge-driven preferences in informal inbound open innovation modes. An explorative view on... PurposeThis paper aims to investigate three key factors (i.e. cognitive dimensions, the knowledge-driven approach and absorptive capacity) that are likely to determine the preference for informal inbound open innovation (OI) modes, through the lens of the OI model and knowledge-based view (KBV). The innovation literature has differentiated these collaborations into informal inbound OI entry modes and formal inbound OI modes, offering an advocative and conceptual view. However, empirical studies on these collaborations are still limited.Design/methodology/approachBuilding on the above-mentioned theoretical framework, the empirical research was performed in two stages. First, data were collected via a closed-ended questionnaire distributed to all the participants from the sample by e-mail. Second, to assess the hypotheses, structural equation modelling (SEM) via IBM® SPSS® Amos 20 was applied.FindingsThe empirical research was conducted on 175 small to medium enterprises in the United Kingdom, suggesting that the knowledge-driven approach is the strongest determinant, leading to a preference for informal inbound OI modes. The findings were obtained using SEM and are discussed in line with the theoretical framework.Research limitations/implicationsOwing to the chosen context and sector of the empirical analysis, the research results may lack generalisability. Hence, new studies are proposed.Practical implicationsThe paper includes implications for the development of informal inbound OI led by knowledge-driven approach.Originality/valueThis paper offers an empirical research to investigate knowledge-driven preferences in informal inbound OI modes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Knowledge Management Emerald Publishing

Knowledge-driven preferences in informal inbound open innovation modes. An explorative view on small to medium enterprises

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1367-3270
DOI
10.1108/JKM-10-2016-0465
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Abstract

PurposeThis paper aims to investigate three key factors (i.e. cognitive dimensions, the knowledge-driven approach and absorptive capacity) that are likely to determine the preference for informal inbound open innovation (OI) modes, through the lens of the OI model and knowledge-based view (KBV). The innovation literature has differentiated these collaborations into informal inbound OI entry modes and formal inbound OI modes, offering an advocative and conceptual view. However, empirical studies on these collaborations are still limited.Design/methodology/approachBuilding on the above-mentioned theoretical framework, the empirical research was performed in two stages. First, data were collected via a closed-ended questionnaire distributed to all the participants from the sample by e-mail. Second, to assess the hypotheses, structural equation modelling (SEM) via IBM® SPSS® Amos 20 was applied.FindingsThe empirical research was conducted on 175 small to medium enterprises in the United Kingdom, suggesting that the knowledge-driven approach is the strongest determinant, leading to a preference for informal inbound OI modes. The findings were obtained using SEM and are discussed in line with the theoretical framework.Research limitations/implicationsOwing to the chosen context and sector of the empirical analysis, the research results may lack generalisability. Hence, new studies are proposed.Practical implicationsThe paper includes implications for the development of informal inbound OI led by knowledge-driven approach.Originality/valueThis paper offers an empirical research to investigate knowledge-driven preferences in informal inbound OI modes.

Journal

Journal of Knowledge ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: May 8, 2017

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