Focusing the High-Technology Firm — How Outsourcing Affects Technological Knowledge Exploration

Journal of Management, Forthoming

52 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2015

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Niron Hashai

Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah; Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Jerusalem School of Business Administration

Date Written: November 24, 2015

Abstract

This study argues and shows that the extent to which high-technology firms focus efforts by outsourcing production, assembly, and logistics activities enhances the extent of technological knowledge exploration. This occurs through three modalities: 1) intensifying the effect of internal R&D efforts on exploration; 2) intensifying the effect of learning from competing partners, through R&D alliances, on exploration; and 3) intensifying the effect of learning from customers on exploration. Empirical analysis of a panel dataset of Israeli high-technology firms supports the view that the combination of these three modalities is associated with greater exploration of new technological knowledge.

Keywords: Outsourcing, exploration, focus, learning from alliances, learning from customers

Suggested Citation

Hashai, Niron, Focusing the High-Technology Firm — How Outsourcing Affects Technological Knowledge Exploration (November 24, 2015). Journal of Management, Forthoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2695160

Niron Hashai (Contact Author)

Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah ( email )

P.O. Box 167
Herzliya, 46150
Israel

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Jerusalem School of Business Administration ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 91905
Israel

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