In recent years, the themes of technological diversification have always focused on the relationship between technological diversification and corporate performance, neglecting how technological diversification influences specific types of innovative competences. Under the background of China’s past transition economy, many companies’ technology innovations show a tendency of following-innovation, such as following-R&D. If companies in the industry tend to do following-R&D, the whole industry will form the following-R&D innovation interactive atmosphere, which may have influence on companies’ technology innovation paths and choices. However, this important situational factor is ignored by the literature of technological diversification. Therefore, based on the organizational learning theory, this study tests the relationship between technological diversification and innovative competences, and explores the moderating role of industrial competitive interaction. Through the negative binomial regression analysis, the above hypothesis is confirmed. The contributions of this study are mainly reflected in the following two aspects. On the one hand, it expands the generality of research on the effect of technological diversification on different types of technological innovative competences. Previous studies of the relationship between the two are only to use the data from the source of a single industry. This study adopts the cross-industry data of public listed companies, to develop the generality of the relationship between technological diversification and ambidextrous technological innovative competences. On the other hand, to the discussion of situational factors, previous studies have paid more attention to the internal situational factors of a single industry （biotechnology industry, automobile industry, etc.）, such as technological distances, redundant resources, etc., and lacked the consideration of cross-industry situational factors. This study enriches the context literature research on the relationship between technological diversification and ambidextrous technological innovative competences. The research has important management implications for the practice of companies’ technological innovation. This empirical evidence suggests that the companies which have a broad range of technological knowledge base, should not only consider how to use the broad range of technological knowledge base to balance exploratory and exploitative innovations, but also consider the influence of industrial following-R&D innovative competitive interactions.
Technological Diversification, Industrial Competitive Interaction and Ambidextrous Innovative Competences
Foreign Economics & Management Vol. 40, Issue 09, pp. 71 - 83 (2018) DOI:10.16538/j.cnki.fem.2018.09.006
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Zhang Qinglei, Shi Jianjun, Liu Chunlin, et al. Technological Diversification, Industrial Competitive Interaction and Ambidextrous Innovative Competences[J]. Foreign Economics & Management, 2018, 40(9): 71-83.
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