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Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Combining knowledge stock and knowledge flow to generate superior incremental innovation performance - Evidence from Swiss manufacturing
Organization Unit
  • Christian Rupietta
  • Uschi Backes-Gellner
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Journal Title Journal of Business Research
Publisher Elsevier
Geographical Reach international
ISSN 0148-2963
Volume 94
Page Range 209 - 222
Date 2019
Abstract Text Firms generate new knowledge that leads to innovations by recombining existing knowledge sources. A successful recombination depends on the availability of a knowledge stock (human capital pool) and the flow of knowledge within the firm (induced by HRM systems). While human resource theory expects complementarities between human capital pools and HRM systems, it does not explicitly address how knowledge exchange may be guaranteed or fostered. Moreover, empirical approaches neglect the complexity of such complementarities. In this study we develop a model that integrates a firm's knowledge stock and flow into a knowledge creation (KC) system comprising four ideal types. This system explains the occurrence of superior incremental innovation performance. We empirically analyze the KC system by applying fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) and identify configurations concurring with our ideal types. The results show that the use of human capital and HRM practices depends on firm size and industry dynamism.
Digital Object Identifier 10.1016/j.jbusres.2017.04.003
Other Identification Number merlin-id:15407
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