Seeking Innovation: A Typology of Knowledge Search Strategy by SMEs

Published on Aug 11, 2020
· DOI :10.33423/JSIS.V15I3.2945
Taewan Kim1
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Sang M. Lee59
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Abstract
While firms’ search for new knowledge has been investigated mostly for large enterprises, there is a lack of empirical research to examine knowledge search strategy by small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This study seeks to fill this gap in the innovation literature by examining differences in knowledge search strategy by SMEs. Drawing on a survey data obtained from 3,175 SMEs, we used cluster analysis to identify groups of SMEs that pursue homogenous knowledge search strategy. The study results shed insights about how SMEs should develop knowledge search strategy and technological dynamism to proactively harness the benefits of knowledge search.
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