The Antecedents and Innovation Consequences of Organizational Search: Empirical Evidence for Spain

XREAP 2009-08

57 Pages Posted: 3 May 2011

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Abel Lucena

University of the Balearic Islands, and CREB

Date Written: October 1, 2009

Abstract

This paper examines the antecedents and innovation consequences of the methods firms adopt in organizing their search strategies. From a theoretical perspective, organizational search is described using a typology that shows how firms implement exploration and exploitation search activities that span their organizational boundaries. This typology includes three models of implementation: ambidextrous, specialized, and diversified implementation. From an empirical perspective, the paper examines the performance consequences when applying these models, and compares their capacity to produce complementarities. Additionally, since firms’ choices in matters of organizational search are viewed as endogenous variables, the paper examines the drivers affecting them and identifies the importance of firms’ absorptive capacity and diversified technological opportunities in determining these choices. The empirical design of the paper draws on new data for manufacturing firms in Spain, surveyed between 2003 and 2006.

Keywords: exploration-exploitation search, absorptive capacity, technological opportunities, complementarities, firm performance

JEL Classification: D21, L21, O32

Suggested Citation

Lucena, Abel, The Antecedents and Innovation Consequences of Organizational Search: Empirical Evidence for Spain (October 1, 2009). XREAP 2009-08, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1825105 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1825105

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