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How can we increase Spanish technology firms' performance?

Rodrigo Martín‐Rojas (Assistant Professor of Management and Business Economy, based in the Business Management Department, Business Administration and Economics School, University of Granada, Granada, Spain)
Víctor J. García‐Morales (Professor of Management Business Economy and Environmental Issues, based in the Business Management Department, Business Administration and Economics School, University of Granada, Granada, Spain)
Antonio Mihi‐Ramírez (Assistant Professor of Tourism Business Administration, based in the Business Management Department, Business Administration and Economics School, University of Granada, Granada, Spain)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 13 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to highlight the importance of different technological aspects of organizations for Spanish firms' performance through organizational learning and corporate entrepreneurship (where organizational innovation is essential).

Design/methodology/approach

The relationships studied are confirmed empirically using a structural equation model to demonstrate the hypotheses. The sample was selected from the database Dun & Bradstreet España for 2003, obtaining 201 Spanish firms. CEOs were the main informants.

Findings

The results show that the support adopted by top managers will directly influence the organizational learning process, technological distinctive competencies and corporate entrepreneurship. Technological distinctive competencies are also supported by organizational slack resources, technological skills and a technological infrastructure. Finally, corporate entrepreneurship influences organizational performance.

Research limitations/implications

The paper is exploratory in character, and its goal is to show whether interrelations exist between the variables. The main limitations are: the sectors chosen refer only to Spain; the analysis performed is cross‐sectional; and a single method and self‐reports are used.

Practical implications

The paper shows that to obtain perfect adaptation of the firm to its environment, it is crucial that managers develop corporate entrepreneurship, especially innovation, to improve high‐technology sector firms' performance.

Originality/value

The paper seeks to stimulate new lines of research regarding technological distinctive competencies, organizational learning and corporate entrepreneurship and to relate them to other constructs, observing their repercussions for the firm.

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Citation

Martín‐Rojas, R., García‐Morales, V.J. and Mihi‐Ramírez, A. (2011), "How can we increase Spanish technology firms' performance?", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 15 No. 5, pp. 759-778. https://doi.org/10.1108/13673271111174311

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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