Interfirm coopetition, interfirm knowledge creation, and collaborative innovation performance : The moderating roles of environmental competitiveness and dysfunctional competition

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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Author(s)

  • Ting Xu
  • Jianjun Yang
  • Feng Zhang
  • Wenyu Guo

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Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-135
Journal / PublicationIndustrial Marketing Management
Volume99
Online published28 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

Abstract

This paper investigates whether and how interfirm coopetition—the combination of cooperation and competition—affects collaborative innovation performance in competitive environments. We address this issue by introducing interfirm knowledge creation as a mediating mechanism based on knowledge creation theory and by examining the moderating effects of environmental competitiveness and dysfunctional competition. The hypotheses are tested using survey data from a sample of 170 Chinese high-tech firms. The results show that interfirm knowledge creation mediates the impact of interfirm coopetition on collaborative innovation performance. Furthermore, the findings indicate that the positive relationship between interfirm coopetition and interfirm knowledge creation is stronger under higher levels of environmental competitiveness but weaker under higher levels of dysfunctional competition. The positive relationship between interfirm knowledge creation and collaborative innovation performance is more evident under higher levels of environmental competitiveness. These findings enrich the interfirm coopetition literature, contribute to knowledge creation theory by extending it to the interfirm context, and provide a better understanding and useful advice for enterprise managers and government officials.

Research Area(s)

  • Collaborative innovation performance, Dysfunctional competition, Environmental competitiveness, Interfirm coopetition, Interfirm knowledge creation

Citation Format(s)

Interfirm coopetition, interfirm knowledge creation, and collaborative innovation performance : The moderating roles of environmental competitiveness and dysfunctional competition. / Xu, Ting; Yang, Jianjun; Zhang, Feng; Guo, Wenyu.

In: Industrial Marketing Management, Vol. 99, 11.2021, p. 123-135.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review