The positive effects of relationship learning and absorptive capacity on innovation performance and competitive advantage in industrial markets

Yu Shan Chen*, Ming Ji James Lin, Ching Hsun Chang

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Abstract

This study utilized structural equations modeling (SEM) to explore the positive effects of relationship learning and absorptive capacity on competitive advantages of companies through their innovation performances in Taiwanese manufacturing industry. The results of this study showed that relationship learning and absorptive capacity positively influence upon innovation performances of companies, and further have positive effects on competitive advantages of companies. In addition, this study divided the sample into three groups by the levels of relationship learning and absorptive capacity and found that there was a significant difference of innovation performance among these three groups: 'Highly Capable Companies', 'Medially Capable Companies', and 'Lowly Capable Companies'. It is important for 'Lowly Capable Companies' to increase both of their relationship learning and absorptive capacity to enhance their innovation performances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-158
Number of pages7
JournalIndustrial Marketing Management
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Feb
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Absorptive capacity
  • Competitive advantage
  • Innovation performance
  • Relationship learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing

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