Standardization efforts: the relationship between knowledge dimensions, search processes and innovation outcomes

Xie, Zongjie and Hall, Jeremy and McCarthy, Ian P. and Skitmore, Martin and Shen, Liyin (2016) Standardization efforts: the relationship between knowledge dimensions, search processes and innovation outcomes. Technovation, 48-49 . pp. 69-78. ISSN 0166-4972

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Abstract

We explore how a standardization effort (i.e., when a firm pursues standards to further innovation) involves different search processes for knowledge and innovation outcomes. Using an inductive case study of Vanke, a leading Chinese property developer, we show how varying degrees of knowledge complexity and codification combine to produce a typology of four types of search process: active, integrative, decentralized and passive, resulting in four types of innovation outcome: modular, radical, incremental and architectural. We argue that when the standardization effort in a firm involves highly codified knowledge, incremental and architectural innovation outcomes are fostered, while modular and radical innovations are hindered. We discuss how standardization efforts can result in a second-order innovation capability, and conclude by calling for comparative research in other settings to understand how standardization efforts can be suited to different types of search process in different industry contexts.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: standardization effort; search process; innovation; knowledge; construction industry
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Nottingham University Business School
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.technovation.2015.12.002
Depositing User: Howis, Jennifer
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2016 14:57
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2017 16:22
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39086

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