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Explorative learning strategy and its impact on creativity and innovation: An empirical investigation among ICT-SMEs

Naser Valaei (Sunway University Business School, Sunway University, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia)
Sajad Rezaei (Chair of Marketing and Innovation, Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany)
Maryam Emami (International Business School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia)

Business Process Management Journal

ISSN: 1463-7154

Article publication date: 4 September 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the structural relationships among explorative learning strategy, improvisational creativity, compositional creativity, and innovation in information and communication technology small- and medium-sized enterprises (ICT-SMEs).

Design/methodology/approach

In total, 213 valid questionnaires from SMEs’ top management positions were evaluated to investigate the proposed model of the research empirically. As a methodological approach, partial least square (PLS) path modeling approach, a variance-based structural equation modeling was employed.

Findings

The statistical results imply that explorative learning has a positive impact on improvisational creativity and innovation while improvisational creativity has a positive influence on compositional creativity and innovation as well. Compositional creativity and innovation are also positively associated. Surprisingly, improvisational creativity mediates the relationship between explorative learning and innovation. Furthermore, PLS-multi group analysis reveals that heterogeneity exists in the collected data and number of employees is a moderating variable. The results of the research indicate that companies with number of employees between 51 and 100 are more creative and innovative in comparison with other groups. On the other hand, the positive relationship between explorative learning and compositional creativity was not supported in this research.

Originality/value

This study is one of the few research works in the realm of examining the structural relationship among explorative learning strategy, improvisational creativity, compositional creativity, and innovation in ICT-SMEs, regarding the number of employees as a moderating variable.

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Citation

Valaei, N., Rezaei, S. and Emami, M. (2017), "Explorative learning strategy and its impact on creativity and innovation: An empirical investigation among ICT-SMEs", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 957-983. https://doi.org/10.1108/BPMJ-12-2015-0179

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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