Local and international knowledge search and product innovation: The moderating role of technology boundary spanning

Jie Wu*, Zefu Wu

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Abstract

Drawing on the external knowledge search literature and the literature on international diversification, this study examined the interactive effect of local and international search for new knowledge on product innovation and the moderating role of a firm's technology boundary spanning activities. Specifically, it proposed that extensive local and international search interact to positively predict product innovation success and this relationship is weaker for firms entering a new technology domain. The results using data on 343 Chinese manufacturing firms across 5 industries indicated the support for the predictions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-551
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Business Review
Volume23
Issue number3
Early online date22 Oct 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2014

Keywords

  • China
  • Emerging markets
  • International search
  • Knowledge search
  • Local search
  • Product innovation
  • Technology

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