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Title Stimulating Firm Innovativeness : Probing the Interrelations between Managerial and Organizational Determinants
Period 01 / 2009 - 06 / 2012
Status Completed
Dissertation Yes
Research number OND1340512
Data Supplier Website ERIM

Abstract

The declining innovativeness and productivity growth of Dutch firms is documented in among others recent World Economic Forum publications (Van den Bosch & Volberda, 2003; Volberda, Van den Bosch, 2004). As existing knowledge stemming from technological innovations is at present under-utilized, this decline highlights the necessity to investigate the enablers and inhibitors of managerial and organizational determinants of knowledge absorption, innovation, and productivity growth. In doing so, this research project builds on the conceptual frameworks discussed in the Ministry of Economic Affairs Innovation Essay 2004 (Volberda & Van den Bosch, 2004) and aims at a first empirical assessment of the enablers and inhibitors of these determinants in Dutch organizations. To this end, a conceptual framework will be developed focusing on the attributes of the internal and external enablers and inhibitors of the managerial and organizational determinants of innovative organizations. Examples of enablers are demanding internal and external selection environments. Examples of inhibitors are a lack of absorptive capacity and of dynamic managerial capabilities (Eisenhardt & Martin, 2000). Hypotheses will be developed. The empirical research will take place in the context of the Erasmus Competition and Innovation Monitor; an existing survey instrument enabling panel data research. This project will contribute to the Monitor by developing and testing new scales. The sample composition and sample size will depend on a.o. the industries selected. The survey data will be analysed and hypotheses will be tested. The survey findings will be discussed in two ways. First, the academic contributions will be assessed in the context of the emerging literature on the strategic impact of management and organization on strategic renewal (including Corporate Entrepreneurship). Second, the findings will be compared to recent data about Dutch organizations in the World Economic Forum publications and will be discussed in terms of the implications for corporate strategy and the Dutch Innovation Agenda (Volberda & Van den Bosch, 2004).

Abstract (NL)

Mihalache toont aan hoe leiderschap en de bronnen van de bedrijfsmiddelen het concurrentievermogen in innovatie kunnen tegenwerken of juist kunnen verbeteren. Bedrijven die hun activiteiten off-shoren verbeteren vaak hun aanbod van producten en diensten. Maar teveel off-shoren kan een negatief effect op de bedrijfsresultaten hebben. De promovendus concludeert ook dat managementteams die leiderschapstaken samen delen een hoger niveau bieden van het aanbod van zowel verbeterde als nieuwe producten. Tot slot constateert hij dat er meer vernieuwing plaatsvindt in bedrijven die processen hebben voor het effectief kanaliseren van minderheidsstemmen en andere meningen. Mihalache's aanbeveling is dat bedrijven hun vernieuwingsinspanningen constant moeten bewaken om de gezondheid of schade van hun strategie met betrekking tot vernieuwing te monitoren.

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