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Absorptive Capacity, Collaboration with Customers and Innovation Performance of Gazelle Companies in Knowledge-Intensive Industries
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Innovation Management, ISSN 1363-9196, E-ISSN 1757-5877, Vol. 19, no 5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Knowing what customers want and how they use products contribute to company’s innovativeness. Absorptive capacity (ACAP) is one theoretical construct that explains how companies gain information about customers and how such information is applied into practice. Yet, empirical evidence on the relationship between ACAP and knowledge from customers is still lacking. This study proposes and tests if customer collaboration is supported by ACAP and mediates the effect of ACAP on innovation performance. An established and previously validated second-order construct of ACAP is suggested to test these hypothesised relationships. Structural equation modeling (SEM) is applied to a sample of 120 selected gazelle companies that have had stable growth rates during the past three years to analyse the proposed relationships. The main finding of the study is that customer collaboration mediates the effect of ACAP on innovation performance. © 2015 Imperial College Press.

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World Scientific Publishing Co. , 2015. Vol. 19, no 5
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absorptive capacity; Customer collaboration; innovation performance; user knowledge
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-11016DOI: 10.1142/S1363919615500590Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84945447398OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-11016DiVA: diva2:873584
Available from: 2015-11-24 Created: 2015-11-24 Last updated: 2015-11-30Bibliographically approved

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