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The effect of technology-exploration on product innovation : An analysis based on Korean manufacturing SMEs

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  • The effect of technology-exploration on product innovation
  • Lee, Hojin; Cha, Sangyoon; Park, Heejun
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Title The effect of technology-exploration on product innovation
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An analysis based on Korean manufacturing SMEs

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Lee, Hojin; Cha, Sangyoon; Park, Heejun

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[London, U.K.]:SpringerOpen

Date 2016
Journal Title; Vol./Issue International Journal of Quality Innovation:vol. 2(no. 1)
Pages 15
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Economic Administration
Industry and Technology < Manufacturing
Holding SpringerOpen

Abstract

Today, fierce competition drives firms in their continual efforts to introduce products with a higher degree of novelty into the market. There is a growing need to understand important activities so as to achieve product innovation. This empirical study demonstrates the effect of technology-exploration, including outsourcing R&D, external networking, customer involvement, and inward IP licensing, on product innovation, especially considering the degree of the novelty of the manufactured products. Using data from a sample of small and medium Korean manufacturing firms, our results show that technology-exploration are crucial determining factors as to whether low or higher degree of novelty is achieved in product innovation. The positive impact of higher degree of innovation novelty comes from customer involvement and outsourcing R&D. In addition, customer involvement has positive impact only on low degree of innovation. Other practices have no impact on either low or high degree of novelty in product innovation.