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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of World Business, Volume 46, Issue 2, April 2011, Pages 166–176
Many firms rely on external sources to acquire knowledge that is critical for enhancing new product market performance. Using a sample of 121 emerging multinational corporations (EMNCs) from China, we explore the effects of managerial ties with government officials and foreign MNC partners on knowledge acquisition and investigate how the acquired knowledge affects firms’ new product market performance. Our results indicate that knowledge acquisition could only enhance new product market performance with the presence of realized absorptive capacity. Our study suggests that managers’ decisions on knowledge acquisition from external sources may not increase firms’ new product market performance. Instead, managerial prowess in integrating and transforming knowledge becomes paramount in enhancing new product market performance.
In recent years, multinational companies from emerging economies (EMNCs) have become major players in world business (Mathews, 2002 and Mathews, 2006). As latecomers to the world economy, EMNCs differ from their counterparts in developed countries in terms of size, management know-how, and other firm-specific intangible assets (e.g., Deng, 2004 and Malik and Kotabe, 2009). Emerging markets are countries that experience a rapid pace of economic development (Arnold & Quelch, 1998), due to their transition toward market-based systems, both economically and politically (Luo & Tan, 1998). In order to survive and grow in a highly competitive environment and to adapt to the transition of institutional environment, EMNCs are paying more attention to innovation activities in enhancing their market positioning, organizational renewal and transformation during their catching up with the resource-rich multinational companies (MNCs) from developed countries (Li & Kozhikode, 2008). New product development (NPD) is a powerful source of competitive advantage. It contributes to organizational renewal, growth, and competitiveness (e.g., Fang, 2008 and Kristensson et al., 2004). The innovation activities of EMNCs are not necessarily ground breaking; instead, they develop new products from an emulation or imitation perspective (Li and Kozhikode, 2008 and Malik and Kotabe, 2009). In our study, we define new product market performance as high-performance new products in the firm's major product line that achieve sales growth and profit objectives (Barczak et al., 2008 and Lanctot and Swan, 2000). A substantial body of literature supports that firms and their managers rely on both internal and external sources of knowledge to enhance their new product market performance, especially when they suffer from resource deficiency (e.g., Dieleman and Sachs, 2008 and Ganesan et al., 2005). To compensate for EMNCs’ lack of internal resources that are critical for their global competition and to mitigate intense competition and accelerate their development process, acquiring external knowledge has increasingly become a managerial priority (Li and Kozhikode, 2008 and Peng and Luo, 2000). Managers of EMNCs have to find appropriate sources to acquire knowledge in order to survive the increased competitive intensity. Managers’ strategic decisions affect their firm's competitive advantage, and in many instances, its survivability in light of the unpredictable business environments (Bourgeois & Eisenhardt, 1988). Researchers have argued that external knowledge can be acquired through developing key business relationships (Dieleman and Sachs, 2008 and Yli-Renko et al., 2001). Indeed, due to the institutional voids and political and cultural heritage, EMNCs are found to rely on managerial ties to acquire critical knowledge (Khanna and Palepu, 2000, Peng, 2003 and Peng and Luo, 2000). Specifically, they form political ties with government officials and business ties with foreign MNCs from developed nations to gain access to advanced knowledge (Peng & Luo, 2000). Earlier studies supported that emerging country governments are closely involved in helping local firms with financing, information, and even technology through institutional mechanisms and regulatory regimes, especially during their initial stages of catching up (e.g., Kim, 1997 and Li and Atuahene-Gima, 2002). In addition, as active recipients of foreign investment from developed countries, emerging economies also benefit from the technology transfer from foreign MNCs as cooperating partners (e.g., Buckley et al., 2002, Buckley et al., 2007 and Wei and Liu, 2006). Knowledge acquisition is considered a necessary but insufficient condition for organizational learning to take place (Aguilera, 2007 and Argote and Ingram, 2000). Although knowledge acquisition is important for EMNCs to catch up in the international environment, they need to possess organizational capabilities to deploy resources (Dierickx and Cool, 1989, Makadok, 2001 and Teece et al., 1997). From an organizational learning perspective, firms need to possess a considerable level of realized absorptive capacity to capitalize on knowledge acquisition from external sources to facilitate organizational learning (Argote, 1999). Realized absorptive capacity is defined as a firm's ability to exploit externally generated knowledge, to transform and commercially apply knowledge that creates firm value (Zahra & George, 2002). Managers’ decisions to acquire knowledge from external sources may not necessarily increase a firms’ new product market performance. Instead, managerial prowess in integrating and transforming knowledge becomes paramount in enhancing new product market performance (Araujo et al., 2003 and Ettlie and Subramaniam, 2004). Our study focuses on the effect of managerial ties on firms’ knowledge acquisition. Further, we investigate how acquired knowledge by managers could be exploited and transformed to improve firms’ new product market performance. Although firms can acquire knowledge about firm strategy, administrative practices, and technologies, among others, we focus on product and process knowledge that are essential to firms’ operations and decisions (Kotabe, Srinivasan, & Aulakh, 2002) and new product market performance (Nonaka & Takeuchi, 1996). Product knowledge refers to the information content on products, and process knowledge refers to production processes (De Boer, Van Den Bosch, & Volberda, 1999). Our study makes several contributions to the literature. First, little is known on how EMNCs attain valuable resources that are valuable, rare, inimitable, and non-substitutable (VRIN) during their process of catching up with their counterparts (Li & Kozhikode, 2008). We examine how EMNCs’ managers acquire knowledge from external sources that are VRIN, and are essential for their competitive advantage. Second, despite extensive discussions on the impact of managers’ relation-specific assets on their knowledge acquisition and exploitation, little is known about the impact of knowledge acquisition through managerial ties on a firm's new product market performance. Third, we examine knowledge acquisition, exploitation, and transformation simultaneously, whereas prior studies have tended to examine them separately (Yli-Renko et al., 2001). Fourth, we operationalize and validate the measure of realized absorptive capacity in capturing knowledge exploitation and transformation, which is still embryonic, yet essential to understanding its impact on new product market performance (Murray & Chao, 2005). In this study, we developed an integrative model with which to examine how managers acquire knowledge through managerial ties that may affect new product market performance. In addition to taking social capital and knowledge-based view assumed linkages, we provide an enriched theoretical explanation that integrates social capital, knowledge-based view, and organizational learning perspectives. We assert that realized absorptive capacity moderates knowledge acquisition and new product market performance. The conceptual model is presented in Fig. 1. Full-size image (15 K) Fig. 1. A theoretical model of managerial ties, knowledge acquisition, realized absorptive capacity and new product market performance of emerging multinational companies. Figure options The rest of the paper is organized as follows. First, we review the literature and develop hypotheses. We then describe the methodology, data and variables. This is followed by a discussion of the empirical results. Finally, we conclude with a summary and discuss theoretical and managerial implications.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Our study supports that a firm's and its managers’ managerial ties with its external partners matter to its knowledge acquisition. In addition, although political and business ties provide a firm and its managers with an opportunity to gain access to valuable technological knowledge that are inaccessible to others outside the network (Dyer & Singh, 1998), its ability in utilizing new technology and developing routines to exploit and transform knowledge and complementary assets is essential to new product market performance. Even if the government in emerging markets is closely involved in helping local businesses with technology transfer through institutional mechanisms and regulatory regimes, overly dependent on the government relations is harmful to a firm's knowledge acquisition. Furthermore, to compete internationally against MNCs that have abundant technological and business experiences, an EMNC not only needs to leverage inter-organizational relationships to acquire external knowledge, but also needs to focus on developing its realized absorptive capacity to enhance its new product market performance. There are several limitations in this study. First, social network involves dyadic relationships. In this study, we surveyed executives of Chinese MNCs on their perceived managerial ties. Inclusion of additional variables, such as the perception of network relationships from the government officials and executives of foreign MNCs, would be beneficial to our understanding of the importance of network ties in dyadic relationships. A longitudinal study and case-based research would provide more insight into the proposed relationships. Second, knowledge can be distinguished as tacit and explicit knowledge (Nonaka & Takeuchi, 1996). Our data do not allow us to differentiate the types of knowledge that firms have acquired through managerial ties. Third, our study focuses on new product market performance, but we did not distinguish whether the new products are incremental or radical innovations, which are found to be associated with different economic returns (Sorescu & Spanjol, 2008). Fourth, the extant research falls short of identifying whether firms’ resource acquisition through political and business ties serves as complementary or supplementary assets in contributing to firms’ innovation performance. Future research should propose an integrative framework that unbundles the complementary or supplementary effects among firm resources, and investigate whether managers face trade-offs when developing different types of relationship. Last but not the least, we obtained data from MNCs in China; care must be taken before generalizing these findings to other countries. Since our study is based on a single country, we do not know whether identified managerial ties and their effects on firms’ new product market performance are a special case in a Chinese context. Accordingly, we call for further empirical research to extend our understanding of the factors that affect EMNCs’ new product market performance in other emerging markets.