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The impact of knowledge management capabilities on innovation in entrepreneurial companies in Jordan

Ramiz Qandah (Business Management Department, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)
Taghrid Saleh Suifan (Business Management Department, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)
Ra'ed Masa'deh (Department of Management Information Systems, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)
Bader Yousef Obeidat (Business Management Department, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan and British University in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 6 October 2020

Issue publication date: 15 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to identify and clarify the important variables in knowledge management capabilities that affect product/service innovation in entrepreneurial companies in Jordan.

Design/methodology/approach

A five-point Likert scale questionnaire was designed for measuring knowledge-based (infrastructural and dynamic) capabilities and product/service innovation in entrepreneurial companies in Jordan that specialized in information and communication technology. A questionnaire was distributed to 297 individuals in 40 companies, and only 202 questionnaires were completely filled and returned by the entrepreneurs at King Hussein Business Park and Al Hassan Business Park. Structural equation modeling was applied to statistically test the research hypotheses.

Findings

The research findings showed that knowledge-based infrastructural capabilities are a prerequisite for knowledge-based dynamic capabilities. On the other hand, knowledge combination capabilities have a statistically significant mediating effect between knowledge based infrastructural capabilities and product/service innovation.

Originality/value

This research contributes to the literature by studying and investigating the key variables in knowledge management that affect product/service innovation and by providing a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge management capabilities and innovation in entrepreneurial companies. This research provides academicians with a framework for better understanding of the different factors of knowledge management capabilities and how they affect product/service innovation.

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Citation

Qandah, R., Suifan, T.S., Masa'deh, R. and Obeidat, B.Y. (2021), "The impact of knowledge management capabilities on innovation in entrepreneurial companies in Jordan", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 29 No. 4, pp. 989-1014. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-06-2020-2246

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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