Offshoring innovation: an empirical investigation of dyadic complementarity within SMEs

Khraishi, Ahmad, Huq, Fahian and Paulraj, Antony (2020) Offshoring innovation: an empirical investigation of dyadic complementarity within SMEs. Journal of Business Research, 118 . pp. 86-97. ISSN 0148-2963

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Despite scholarly agreement that complementary capabilities are essential to successful collaborations, little is known about how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) manage collaborative innovation through offshoring. Besides, the innovation management literature remains generally silent about when supplier joint actions could work in enhancing offshoring innovation (OI) performance. The purpose of this study is twofold. First, we aim to delineate why supplier's asset specificity and goal compatibility predict supplier's complimentary capabilities in OI. Second, we empirically explore the role of supplier joint actions in enhancing OI performance. Based on data collected from 200 SMEs having active OI relationships spanning four developed European countries, our results propose that supplier's complementary capabilities mediate the relationship between critical relational antecedents (supplier's asset specificity and goal compatibility) and OI performance. It should be noted, however, that despite their incentivising power, supplier joint actions can be a “double-edged sword” in SMEs’ OI relationships.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: SMEs; Outsourcing innovation; Offshoring; Supply chain; Asset specificity; Goal compatibility
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Business > Nottingham University Business School China
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Depositing User: Zhou, Elsie
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2020 06:18
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2020 06:18

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