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The interplay of decentralization, employee involvement and absorptive capacity on firms' innovation and business performance

Kaja Rangus and Alenka Slavec

Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2017, vol. 120, issue C, 195-203

Abstract: This paper investigates the relationship between organizational characteristics and firm's innovation and business performance. Specifically, we examine how decentralization, absorptive capacity, and employee involvement (in light of the open innovation literature) impact firm's innovation, which in turn affects business performance. We test the proposed model on a large sample of 421 manufacturing and service firms and find decentralization being positively connected to employee involvement, absorptive capacity, and firm's innovation performance. Moreover, the results show that employee involvement and absorptive capacity mediate the relationship between decentralization and firm's innovation performance. The results also suggest that firm's innovation performance positively influence firm's business performance. Implications for managers and future research are discussed.

Keywords: Innovation; Decentralization; Employee involvement; Absorptive capacity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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