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Linking properties of knowledge with innovation performance: the moderate role of absorptive capacity

Changfeng Wang (Associate Professor, based in the School of Management, Shandong Jiaotong University, Jinan City, China)
Yan Han (Lecturer, based in the School of Management, Shandong Jiaotong University, Jinan City, China)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 13 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to unravel the complex linkages between properties of knowledge, firm's absorptive capacities, and innovation performance in China small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs).

Design/methodology/approach

The authors utilize moderated multiple regression (MMR) to explore the complex relationships by using the empirical data of Chinese information technology and electro‐communication firms during 2005‐2008.

Findings

The results show that only a few knowledge properties have negative effects on innovation performance. Most knowledge properties have a positive effect on innovation. The results also claim that the relationship between properties of knowledge and innovation performance is more pronounced when the firm has higher absorptive capacity.

Originality/value

The study indicates that properties of knowledge and absorptive capacity are two inseparable determinants for innovation performance, and absorptive capacity moderates the relationship between properties of knowledge and innovation performance.

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Citation

Wang, C. and Han, Y. (2011), "Linking properties of knowledge with innovation performance: the moderate role of absorptive capacity", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 15 No. 5, pp. 802-819. https://doi.org/10.1108/13673271111174339

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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