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An Empirical Study on Entrepreneurial Orientation, Absorptive Capacity, and SMEs’ Innovation Performance: A Sustainable Perspective

Yu-Ming Zhai (), Wan-Qin Sun (), Sang-Bing Tsai (), Zhen Wang (), Yu Zhao () and Quan Chen ()
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Yu-Ming Zhai: School of Economics and Management, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai 201418, China
Wan-Qin Sun: School of Economics and Management, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai 201418, China
Sang-Bing Tsai: Zhongshan Institute, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Zhongshan 528402, China
Zhen Wang: School of Economics and Management, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai 201418, China
Yu Zhao: School of Economics and Management, Shanghai Institute of Technology, Shanghai 201418, China
Quan Chen: Zhongshan Institute, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Zhongshan 528402, China

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 2, 1-14

Abstract: Using a survey of 324 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of the Yangtze River Delta in China, this study discusses the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation, absorptive capacity, environmental dynamism, and corporate technological innovation performance. The results based on a moderated moderation model show that the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and innovation performance is significantly positive. The absorptive capacity can positively moderate this relationship. When the external environment is in high dynamism, the moderating effect of absorptive capacity will be stronger than when the environment is in low dynamism.

Keywords: entrepreneurial orientation; innovation performance; absorptive capacity; environmental dynamism; sustainability; sustainable business (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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