Lessons from Innovation Empirical Studies in the Manufacturing Sector: A Systematic Review of the Literature from 1993-2003

Posted: 9 Nov 2009  

Nizar Becheikh

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Rejean Landry

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Nabil Amara

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Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Provides a systematic review of empiricalarticles published in scholarly periodicals between 1993 and 2003 on the topicof technological innovations in the manufacturing sector. The goals of thisreview are to identify the variables that determine the innovative behavior andcapacity of firms and to explore how the authors of the articles approached andmeasure innovation. A careful study of 108 articles uncovers various internal variables (i.e.,specific to the firm) and contextual variables (i.e., related to the firm'senvironment) that shape a firm's innovative activities. The internal variablescan be grouped into such categories as general firm characteristics,strategies, structure, control, organizational culture, the management team andfunctional assets. Among the external variables are such types asindustry, region, networking, knowledge and technology acquisition and publicpolicies. Results show that the relationship linking several of these variableswith innovation is often moderated by an interaction with other variables. Firmmanagers and policy makers wishing to foster innovation more effectively canlearn from the results of this study. (SAA)

Keywords: Manufacturing industries, Innovation process, Production factors, Performance standards, Firm characteristics, Firm strategies

Suggested Citation

Becheikh, Nizar and Landry, Rejean and Amara, Nabil, Lessons from Innovation Empirical Studies in the Manufacturing Sector: A Systematic Review of the Literature from 1993-2003 (2006). Technovation, Vol. 26, Issue 5, p. 644-664 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1502490

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Rejean Landry

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Nabil Amara

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