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The role of internal and external sources of knowledge on frugal innovation: moderating role of innovation capabilities

Abdullah Fahad AlMulhim (Department of Business Administration, College of Business, Jouf University, Sakaka, Saudi Arabia)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 13 January 2021

Issue publication date: 9 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to analyze the effect of external and internal sources of knowledge on frugal innovation. Moreover, it investigated how this relationship is weakened/strengthened by the moderation of innovation capabilities.

Design/methodology/approach

This empirical study’s data were taken from 288 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by using a questionnaire survey. To analyze this data, analysis of a moment structures software (AMOS) was used. Structural equation modeling was conducted to test the hypothesis and the slope test investigated moderation.

Findings

The study results showed the significant effect of internal and external sources of knowledge on frugal innovation. Moreover, the results highlighted that the moderating role of innovation capabilities strengthens this relationship.

Research limitations/implications

The SMEs of “Saudi Arabia” were considered for this study. Among these, this paper only focused on enterprises owned by Saudi citizens. Moreover, the data were collected from 288 SMEs. Therefore, future studies can be conducted from any other country with larger sample size. This study has used moderation of innovation capabilities and future studies can use information credibility as a moderating variable.

Originality/value

Previously, many studies have highlighted the importance of knowledge for innovation, but the effects of knowledge sources from the perspective of SMEs and emerging markets remain unexplained. Very limited studies have explored the relation of knowledge sources with frugal innovation. This study first examines the moderating role of innovation capabilities between “internal and external knowledge sources” and frugal innovation. Moreover, this research reveals the SMEs of Saudi Arabia and its sector of frugal products.

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Citation

AlMulhim, A.F. (2021), "The role of internal and external sources of knowledge on frugal innovation: moderating role of innovation capabilities", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp. 341-363. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJIS-09-2020-0130

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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