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Shaping the firm's external search strategy

AutorGarcía-Granero, Ana ; Vega Jurado, Jaider ; Alegre-Vidal, Joaquín
Palabras claveExploitation
Formal structure
Exploration
Formalization
Decentralization
External knowledge search strategy
Fecha de publicación2014
EditorTaylor & Francis
CitaciónInnovation: Management, Policy and Practice 16(3): 417-429 (2014)
ResumenThis paper explores the determinants of external knowledge search strategies, specifically, exploitative and exploratory search. The literature emphasizes environmental context and technological resources, especially R&D, as important determinants of the search strategy. In this paper we focus on two types of the firm's formal structure: formalized and decentralized structures. The study uses survey data from the ceramic tile industry in Spain. The results show that a competitive environment and a decentralized organizational structure play a role in shaping the firm's external search strategy, but that R&D has no effect. We find that competition inhibits exploratory search, while a decentralized firm structure encourages the use of this type of search strategy to the detriment of exploitative search. Our results emphasize that the mechanisms driving exploratory and exploitative searches are intrinsically different.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/132065
DOI10.1080/14479338.2014.11081997
Identificadoresdoi: 10.1080/14479338.2014.11081997
issn: 1447-9338
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