Is synergy always good? Clarifying the effect of innovation capital and customer capital on firm performance in two contexts

Suechin Yang, Hsin Hong Kang

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Abstract

The resource-based view (RBV) posits that a firm can leverage the effect of existing capital on firm performance via capital configuration, complementarity, and integration, but little empirical research has addressed these issues. This study investigates the effects of innovation capital and customer capital on firm performance, whether their complementary interactions are important determinants of relative firm performance within the industry, and whether these effects considerably differ significantly between high- and low-technology manufacturing firms. Based on data collected from 312 high-technology manufacturing firms and 204 low-technology manufacturing firms in the Taiwanese manufacturing industry, the results of SEM analyses demonstrate that the main effects of both innovation and customer capital significantly and positively impact firm performance. The analytical results demonstrate that: (1) a significant interaction effect only exists in the high-technology manufacturing firms; (2) the main effect of customer capital is lower among high-technology manufacturing firms; (3) the main effect of innovation capital is the same for both high- and low-technology manufacturing firms. Additionally, this investigation also discusses the limitations of the current research, future research directions, and the theoretical and practical implications of the empirical analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)667-678
Number of pages12
JournalTechnovation
Volume28
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Oct 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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