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Innovation Capability within a Supply Chain Context
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A firm’s supply chain faces challenges relating to reducing operational cost while at the same time producing innovative products and services to meet consumers’ current and potential demand. One important phenomenon in the field of innovation research is the concept of innovation capability. The purpose of this thesis is to empirically explore innovation capability as a firm interacts with its supply chain members. In order to achieve the above stated purpose, the thesis attempted to answer the overarching research question: How does a focal firm’s interaction with its supply chain members affect its innovation capability?

To answer the research question, a multiple method approach was adopted. This consists of two qualitative case studies, conceptual analysis, a quantitative study of a sample of 117 managers and systematic literature review (SLR). First; we used the systematic literature review (SLR) method to identify important innovation capability factors and theories applied in innovation capability studies. Second, multiple case studies were used to further investigate innovation capability in a supply chain context. Third, quantitative survey-method was used to explore innovation capability measures in the context of the supply chain.

Five individual papers are presented in this thesis. The findings are summarised and presented in the cover (“kappa”) of the thesis. The findings revealed that focal firms’ innovation capability was influenced as a result of a focal firm’s interaction with its supply chain members. In addition, technological embeddedness influences innovation capability of the focal firms. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Halmstad University Press, 2018. , p. 101
Series
Halmstad University Dissertations ; 44
Keywords [en]
supply chain, innovation, innovation capability, collaboration, idea management
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36380ISBN: 978-91-87045-90-5 (print)ISBN: 978-91-87045-91-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-36380DiVA, id: diva2:1187690
Public defence
2018-03-27, O124, Linjegatan 12, Halmstad, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2018-03-06 Created: 2018-03-05 Last updated: 2018-03-06Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Innovation Capability: A Systematic Review and Research Agenda
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation Capability: A Systematic Review and Research Agenda
2016 (English)In: Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management, ISSN 1555-1229, E-ISSN 1555-1237, Vol. 11, p. 235-260Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Innovation capability is a growing and significant area of academic research. However, there is little attempt to provide a cumulative overview of this phenomenon. The purpose of this systematic review is to synthesize peer reviewed articles published in the area to develop a conceptual framework and to aid future research.

Design/Methodology/Approach: The paper adopted a systematic review of literature on innovation capability. The final screening generated 51 articles from 30 journals from 2000-2015.

Findings: The examination and synthesis of the theoretical and the empirical articles show that (1) the authors applied narrow range of conceptual and theoretical foundations; (2) innovation capability is being investigated mostly at the firm level for about 90% of the articles, and marginally about 5% at network (supply) chain level; (3) the authors define innovation capability in different ways and use diverse set of dimensions to measure innovation capability; (4) there is potential for future research across firms in innovation management disciplines.

Practical implications: The review contributes to theory development in organizational capability literature in general. Managers wishing to innovate need to examine critically and integrate some of the innovation capability dimensions proposed in this paper.

Originality: The review is unique in the sense that it provides conceptualisation of innovation capability framework.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Santa Rosa, CA: Informing Science Institute, 2016
Keywords
innovation capability, collaboration, creativity, innovation, systematic review
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32097 (URN)2-s2.0-84992418354 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-09-28 Created: 2016-09-28 Last updated: 2018-08-27Bibliographically approved
2. Studying a Firm's Innovations as a Multi-Faceted (Interactive) Socio-Technical Process
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Studying a Firm's Innovations as a Multi-Faceted (Interactive) Socio-Technical Process
2015 (English)In: Review of Business Research, ISSN 1546-2609, E-ISSN 2378-9670, Vol. 15, no 3, p. 37-46Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to stimulate debate with regards to why firms will commit resources to innovate and the effects of the interactive nature of a firm’s innovation, as the firm engages in collaboration with several others to co-produce value. Methodologically, the study is a review of the existing literature on innovation, looking for an answer to the following. Why and how do a firm and some significant actors in its network engage in innovative activities to co-produce value? The study shows that, from a firm’s perspective, (1) a firm innovates in order to enhance its competitiveness and (2) a firm innovates because it enables it to achieve growth in an increasingly competitive environment.  A firm’s innovation should translate into value creation for some stakeholders. (3) Through innovations, a firm co-produces value, mostly, with others in its network. A firm’s internal capacity is complemented by external capacities of some actors in the firm’s network. © 2015 IABE. All Rights Reserved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockton, CA: International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE), 2015
Keywords
Innovation, socio-technical processes, co-produce value, Competitiveness, network
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-29645 (URN)10.18374/RBR-15-3.4 (DOI)
Available from: 2015-10-19 Created: 2015-10-19 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
3. Achieving supply chain agility through innovation capability building
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Achieving supply chain agility through innovation capability building
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience, ISSN 2052-8698, Vol. 2, no 2, p. 114-143Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Few studies have examined the innovation capability perspective in the context of supply chain, and in particular toward achieving supply chain agility. The purpose of this study was to deepened our understanding of how a focal firm, in conjunction with customers, suppliers, and other supply chain members build innovation capability, leading to supply chain agility. Using qualitative case study approach, this paper explores how focal firms together with supply chain members build innovation capability, leading to supply chain agility. The study reveals that supply chain members play a critical role in influencing how a focal firms build their innovation capability to swiftly respond to increasing change in customers existing and potential need through agile supply chains. Drawing inspiration from theories of Resource-Based View of the firm and Dynamic Capability, this study contributes to growing streams of literature on innovation capability by explaining how supply chains build innovation capability, leading to supply chain agility. Building innovation capability in conjunction with supply chain members is crucial for achieving supply chain agility (e.g improved customer service, new product introduction, product customisation and international delivery capacity). Copyright © 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Olney, Bucks: InderScience Publishers, 2016
Keywords
supply chain agility, learning, innovation capability, collaboration, cloud computing, trust, agile supply chains, resource-based view, RBV, customer service, new product introduction, NPI, product customisation, international delivery capacity
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31288 (URN)10.1504/IJSCOR.2016.078181 (DOI)
Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-20 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
4. Innovation Capability and Product Innovation Performance: The case of low-tech manufacturing firms
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation Capability and Product Innovation Performance: The case of low-tech manufacturing firms
2016 (English)In: European Business Review, ISSN 0955-534X, E-ISSN 1758-7107Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Purpose - Despite the growing interest in innovation of low-tech herbal manufacturing industry from strategic and policy standpoints, little empirical research exists on their innovation capability. The purpose of this study is to explore innovation capability and its effect on product innovation performance of small low-tech herbal manufacturing firms. Design/methodology/approach - Innovation capability has been important to large firms in general and to some small firms in particular in order to address the issue of survival and profitability. A case study method is adopted to explore the process of innovation capability of low-tech manufacturing firms. Findings - Analysis of the two case studies reveals that collaborating with institutional actors, customers, suppliers and other competitors in interactive learning, coupled with idea management and idea implementation, has been factors that has influenced innovation capability and the case firms’ product innovation performance (i.e. profitability, market share, sales, return on assets, and return on investment). Research limitations/implications - First, in this study, we analysed two homogenous companies from the same geographical context. It could be fruitful to extend the scope to include firms in other geographical contexts and different industries, where the theoretical arguments advanced in this study can be tested further. Originality/Value - Although the research field of innovation capability is growing lately; few attempts have been made to explore innovation capability and its effect on product innovation performance of small low-tech herbal manufacturing firms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016
Keywords
innovation capability, product innovation performance, learning, collaboration
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36233 (URN)
Available from: 2018-02-07 Created: 2018-02-07 Last updated: 2018-03-06
5. Measurement of innovation capability in supply chain: an exploratory study
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Measurement of innovation capability in supply chain: an exploratory study
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Innovation Science, ISSN 1757-2223, E-ISSN 1757-2231, Vol. 8, no 4, p. 331-349Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the development of innovation capability construct measures in the context of supply chain and to objectively identify the key dimensions for stimulating focal firms' innovativeness.

Design/methodology/approach -The scale items for this research were obtained from extant literature. The data were collected from homogenous sample of 117 Ghanaian middle level managers (respondents). Exploratory factor analysis was used to identify the main dimensions of innovation capability. Based on the statistical analysis, four dimensions were obtained - idea management, idea implementation, collaboration and learning -And the convergent validity, discriminant validity, nomological validity and reliability tests indicate that the scales are valid and reliable.

Findings:Four dimensions (factors) of innovation capability were identified from the exploratory factor analysis. These dimensions were labelled as idea management, idea implementation, collaboration and learning. The results indicate that the integration of the dimensions of innovation capability may stimulate a focal firm's innovativeness.

Research limitations/implications: First, the measurement scale might not capture all the important dimensions of innovation capability. Second, the judgmental sampling used in this study means that the result cannot be generalised to the entire supply chain population, third, the sample was drawn from one geographical location using non-probability sampling technique.

Practical implications: The measures provide supply chain managers with a better approach of understanding the innovation capability in their supply chain. For instance, the measurement of supply chain's innovation capability should help supply chain managers to determine the important innovation areas that need attention most and to permit them to respond to challenges posed by any kind of innovation capability dimension that needs to be enhanced.

Originality/value -The unique contribution of this paper is the development innovation capability measurement scale in the context of supply chain.

© Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016
Keywords
Collaboration, Learning, Innovation capability, Innovation, Supply chain
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35643 (URN)10.1108/IJIS-07-2016-0015 (DOI)000412566500004 ()2-s2.0-85019212515 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-11-30 Created: 2017-11-30 Last updated: 2018-03-06Bibliographically approved

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