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Industrial cluster involvement, organizational learning, and organizational adaptation:an exploratory study in high technology industrial districts

Hilary Cheng (based at Department of Management, Yuan Ze University, Chung-Li City, Taiwan)
Ming-Shan Niu (based at Department of Management, Yuan Ze University, Chung-Li City, Taiwan)
Kuei-Hsien Niu (based at College of Business Administration, California State University, Sacramento, CA, USA)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 2 September 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The primary purpose of this study is to examine the relationships among a firm’s industrial cluster involvement, organizational learning and its ability to successfully adapt to external environment.

Design/methodology/approach

Field survey research method was used, and data were collected from 943 high-technology companies in the USA, China, Taiwan and Sweden. Multiple regression analysis, as well as mediation test, was conducted to analyze the data.

Findings

The study finds that being positioned in an industrial cluster enhances a firm’s learning and further leads to a firm’s desired adaptive outcomes.

Research limitation

Using self-reported data could be a potential limitation of this study. It would be preferable to have other forms of data for a study. Further, cross-cultural comparisons are needed to enhance our understanding in this multicultural setting.

Practical implication

The findings provide business executives, as well as policymakers, a new way of thinking in respect to how to develop holistic learning practices and improve inter-firm trust to appropriately adapt to the fast changing environment.

Originality/value

The major contribution of this study is an initial attempt to provide a comprehensive approach in analyzing a firm’s industrial cluster involvement. Further, the study attempts to empirically examine learning and cluster involvement in relation to organizational adaptation.

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Citation

Cheng, H., Niu, M.-S. and Niu, K.-H. (2014), "Industrial cluster involvement, organizational learning, and organizational adaptation:an exploratory study in high technology industrial districts", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 18 No. 5, pp. 971-990. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-06-2014-0244

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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