In this paper, we discuss factors that enable SMEs to achieve service innovation excellence. Using a knowledge based-perspective, we posit that absorptive capacity, which is the ability to identify, assimilate and exploit external knowledge, is one of these critical factors. Additionally, we investigate the effect of two potential drivers that can influence absorptive capacity, namely employee collaboration and an SME’s search breadth.
|Publisher||Maastricht University, Graduate School of Business and Economics|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Series||GSBE Research Memoranda|
- o31 - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
- business administration and economics
Mennens, K., van Gils, A., Odekerken - Schröder, G., & Letterie, W. (2016). Exploring Antecedents of Service Innovation Excellence in Manufacturing SMEs. Maastricht University, Graduate School of Business and Economics. GSBE Research Memoranda, No. 025