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Innovation performance in digital economy: does digital platform capability, improvisation capability and organizational readiness really matter?

Wen Jun (School of Economics and Finance, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China)
Muhammad Hamid Nasir (School of Economics and Finance, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China)
Zahid Yousaf (Higher Education Department, Government College of Management Sciences, Mansehra, Pakistan)
Amira Khattak (College of Business Administration, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Muhammad Yasir (Higher Education Department, Government College of Management Sciences, Mansehra, Pakistan)
Asad Javed (Department of Management Sciences, Hazara University, Mansehra, Pakistan)
Syed Hamad Shirazi (Department of IT, Hazara University, Mansehra, Pakistan)

European Journal of Innovation Management

ISSN: 1460-1060

Article publication date: 11 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate how digital platforms capability, improvisational capability and organizational readiness directly affect innovation performance. This study also explores how organizational readiness acts as mediator.

Design/methodology/approach

This empirical study is based on quantitative research design. Data were collected from 647 managers of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) working in Pakistan. Correlations and regression techniques were used for analyses. The Preacher and Hayes technique, the Sobel test and Bootstrap techniques were used to test mediation effect.

Findings

The results reveal a significant and positive relationship of digital platforms capability, improvisational capability and organizational readiness with innovation performance. Organizational readiness fully mediates the relationships between digital platforms capability and innovation performance link as well as between improvisational capability and innovation performance link.

Originality/value

In the age of digital economy the achievement of innovation performance is very important for SMEs. Businesses are shifting from traditional operational activities to digitalization. This study is imperative to offer new realm of modern technologies by exploring the role of digital platform capability, improvisational capability and organizational readiness for achieving innovation performance in digital economy.

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Acknowledgements

National Natural Science Foundation of China for the Project: The Impact of Economic Sanctions on Technological Innovation in China (Grant number is 72074176)

Citation

Jun, W., Nasir, M.H., Yousaf, Z., Khattak, A., Yasir, M., Javed, A. and Shirazi, S.H. (2021), "Innovation performance in digital economy: does digital platform capability, improvisation capability and organizational readiness really matter?", European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJIM-10-2020-0422

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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