Focusing the High-Technology Firm — How Outsourcing Affects Technological Knowledge Exploration
Journal of Management, Forthoming
52 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2015
Date Written: November 24, 2015
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
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