Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.


Durham Research Online
You are in:

Abandoning innovation activities and performance : the moderating role of openness.

Tsinopoulos, Christos and Yan, Ji and Sousa, Carlos M.P. (2019) 'Abandoning innovation activities and performance : the moderating role of openness.', Research policy., 48 (6). pp. 1399-1411.

Abstract

Firms are encouraged to continually initiate innovation activities as part of their new product development processes and to be open to the use of external knowledge sources. Yet, many are abandoned. Openness to external knowledge sources and the experience of abandoning innovation activities are, therefore, becoming a part of an organization’s reality and innovation strategy. In this paper, we aim to explore how the experience of having abandoned an innovation activity can affect innovation performance and the role two key dimensions of openness, external search breadth and formal innovation collaboration breadth, play. Using data from the UK Innovation Survey, we find that the experience of having abandoned an innovation activity leads to improved innovation performance and that this is negatively moderated by the two dimensions of openness. When external search breadth is high, i.e. when an organization engages with a higher number of different types of knowledge sources, the link between abandoning innovation activities and innovation performance weakens. Similarly, when formal innovation collaboration breadth is high, i.e. the breadth of a firm’s formal collaboration relationships is high, the link between abandoning innovation activities and innovation performance also weakens. We conclude by discussing the theoretical and practical implications of our findings.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 26 September 2020.
(AM) Accepted Manuscript
First Live Deposit - 15 February 2019
Available under License - Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.
File format - PDF
(900Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2019.02.005
Publisher statement:© 2019 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Record Created:15 Feb 2019 10:58
Last Modified:10 Apr 2019 10:56

Social bookmarking: del.icio.usConnoteaBibSonomyCiteULikeFacebookTwitterExport: EndNote, Zotero | BibTex
Look up in GoogleScholar | Find in a UK Library