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Openness of technology adoption, top management support and service innovation: a social innovation perspective

Hsuan-Yu Hsu (School of Entrepreneurship, Wenzhou University , Wenzhou, China)
Feng-Hsu Liu (Department of Business Administration, Shih Hsin University , Taiwan)
Hung-Tai Tsou (School of Entrepreneurship, Wenzhou University , Wenzhou, China)
Lu-Jui Chen (Department of International Business, Ming Chuan University , Taiwan)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Article publication date: 5 October 2018

Issue publication date: 9 April 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

Technology has been central and has made service innovations technically feasible and economically viable. Top management support, however, plays an important role in shaping a firm’s service innovation-related strategies and decisions. This study aims to propose a theoretical framework that delineates the relationships among openness of technology adoption, top management support and service innovation within social innovation context.

Design/methodology/approach

This study obtained the data through a survey of 176 information technology (IT) firms in Taiwan; IT managers were selected as the data collection sources. A partial least squares analysis was used to address sophisticated data analysis issues.

Findings

The empirical evidence indicates that openness of technology adoption enhances service innovation within social innovation context. Furthermore, top management support facilitates the relationship between openness of technology adoption and service innovation.

Research limitations/implications

The openness of technology adoption captures the interactions among top management support in shaping service innovation. Researchers should examine the nature of open technology infrastructure that will foster such service innovation from social innovation perspective.

Practical implications

The detailed findings offer practical suggestions for firms that are compelling to invest in advanced open technologies, giving opportunities for service innovation, solving social problems and meeting the new societal challenges. Additionally, firms may foster their top management’s positive intention to support service innovation by pre-planned support activities, such as allocating sufficient new service resources and qualified support technicians.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the evolving literature on the social innovation, service-dominant logic, and contingency theory. This analysis suggests that these perspectives offer a potentially useful view for integrating insights from different literature streams (e.g. openness, social innovation, service innovation, top management support and technology management) by examining them through a different conceptual lens, thus reinforcing existing findings.

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Citation

Hsu, H.-Y., Liu, F.-H., Tsou, H.-T. and Chen, L.-J. (2019), "Openness of technology adoption, top management support and service innovation: a social innovation perspective", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 34 No. 3, pp. 575-590. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBIM-03-2017-0068

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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