R&D intensity, knowledge creation process and new product performance: The mediating role of international R&D teams

Samuel Adomako, Joseph Amankwah-Amoah*, Albert Danso, Joseph Kwadwo Danquah, Zahid Hussain, Zaheer Khan

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Abstract

Although previous studies have shown the positive effect of research and development (R&D) intensity on new product performance (NPP), our understanding about the mechanisms through which R&D intensity influence NPP is less understood. In this paper, we focus on the mediating role of international R&D teams in explaining the effect of R&D intensity on NPP. Since R&D teams are dispersed across the globe, thus examining the role of international R&D teams will provide a more nuanced understanding of the mechanisms through which R&D intensity contributes to NPP. Using survey data from 201 Ghanaian firms engaged in internationalization activities, the results suggest that the use of international R&D teams mediates the relationship between R&D intensity and NPP. Moreover, the findings indicate that the use of international R&D teams improves NPP and that this linkage is amplified when the knowledge creation process inside the firm is stronger. We discuss the implications of these findings for theory and practice.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Business Research
Early online date3 Sep 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Sep 2019

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Ghana
  • International R&D teams
  • Knowledge creation process
  • New product performance
  • R&D intensity
  • SMEs

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