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Knowledge absorptive capacity and innovation performance in KIBS

Chun‐Yao Tseng (Professor at the Department of Business Administration, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan)
Da Chang Pai (Associate Professor at the Department of Business Administration, Chungchou Institute of Technology, Changhau, Taiwan)
Chi‐Hsia Hung (Special Commissioner at the Innovation Incubation Center, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 25 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss whether the three knowledge sources, knowledge input, knowledge spillover and knowledge absorptive capacity, really increase the innovation performance of firms in the Taiwan IC design industry, one of the most important knowledge‐intensive business services (KIBS) industries in Taiwan.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on the knowledge‐based theory, this study uses pooled regression analysis and tests with fixed effect model to analyze the influence of three knowledge sources on innovation performance in the KIBS sector.

Findings

The results demonstrate that: knowledge input is positively related to innovation performance; knowledge spillover effect is partial positively to innovation performance; and knowledge absorptive capacity is positively related to innovation performance.

Originality/value

The paper advances the concept of absorptive capacity by defining it as the interactions between knowledge input and knowledge spillover and refines the measurement of absorptive capacity as the multiplication of knowledge input and knowledge spillover effects. Moreover, knowledge spillover effects and knowledge absorptive capacity are both divided into four kinds which help us distinguish clearly different sources of knowledge spillover and absorptive capacity. In addition to that, this study also contributes to the empirical evidence to innovation activities by using firm‐level micro data.

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Citation

Tseng, C., Chang Pai, D. and Hung, C. (2011), "Knowledge absorptive capacity and innovation performance in KIBS", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 15 No. 6, pp. 971-983. https://doi.org/10.1108/13673271111179316

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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