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INNOVATION STRATEGY, WORKING CLIMATE, AND FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE IN TRADITIONAL MANUFACTURING FIRMS: AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS

Erlend Nybakk () and Jan Inge Jenssen
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Erlend Nybakk: Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Pb 115, NO-1431 AAs, Norway
Jan Inge Jenssen: University of Agder, Norway

International Journal of Innovation Management (ijim), 2012, vol. 16, issue 02, 1-26

Abstract: In this study, we address the effect of innovation strategy and an innovative working climate on financial performance in the Norwegian wood industry. Innovation strategy embodies four dimensions: the degrees to which innovation in the form of products, processes, and business systems are embedded in the management values and priorities as well as the degree of expenditure in R&D. An innovative working climate is exemplified by team cohesion, supervisory encouragement, resources, autonomy, challenge, and openness to innovation. Previous studies have indicated a lack of research in traditional manufacturing firms on both innovation strategy and a supportive working climate. Our survey was answered by 241 CEOs. The connectional model was tested with structural equation modelling, and all hypotheses received support. This result implied that innovation strategy and an innovative working climate enhanced financial performance in traditional manufacturing firms.

Keywords: Innovation strategy; innovative working climate; financial performance; manufacturing firms; wood industry (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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