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An examination of product innovation and buyer-supplier relationship in Pakistani firms

Muhammad Shakeel Sadiq Jajja (Suleman Dawood School of Business, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan)
Shaukat Ali Brah (Karachi School of Business and Leadership, Karachi, Pakistan)
Syed Zahoor Hassan (Suleman Dawood School of Business, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan)
Vijay R. Kannan (Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 4 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the interface between buyers and suppliers in the context of product innovation in an emerging economy. Specifically, it examines the strategic and tactical initiatives necessary to drive inter-organizational alignment and thus positive innovation outcomes. It also examines the impact of organizational characteristics on product innovation.

Design/methodology/approach

Using survey data from 191 organizations in Pakistan, a structural equation model of the relationships between buyers’ and suppliers’ strategic focus on innovation, supplier innovation focus, collaborative innovation, and measures of product innovation and market performance is tested. In addition, hierarchical regression analysis is used to identify the impact of various organizational characteristics on product innovation performance.

Findings

The results suggest that a firm's product innovation performance is positively influenced by strategic buyer-supplier alignment with regard to product innovation, and the existence of mechanisms that foster inter-organizational collaboration. This in turn has a positive impact on market performance. Product innovation performance is also influenced by a firm's age, the nature of its ownership, and the extent to which it exports its products.

Originality/value

The study offers new insight into the role of inter-organizational collaboration as a driver of product innovation. Moreover, it adds to a limited literature on supply chain management in emerging economies generally, and on product innovation in the Indian sub-continent specifically.

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Citation

Shakeel Sadiq Jajja, M., Ali Brah, S., Zahoor Hassan, S. and R. Kannan, V. (2014), "An examination of product innovation and buyer-supplier relationship in Pakistani firms", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 63 No. 8, pp. 1031-1045. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-02-2013-0023

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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