Non-technical innovation and entrepreneurship in project-based small service firms

Wang, Chen and Lee, Yee Lin and Yap, Jeffrey Boon Hui and Wood, Lincoln C. and Abdul-Rahman, Hamzah (2020) Non-technical innovation and entrepreneurship in project-based small service firms. South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, 23 (1). ISSN 2222-3436, DOI

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Background: Because of doubts about the sufficiency of convention indicators to continually gauge innovative outcomes at the firm level, a burgeoning stream of scholars has shifted their empirical efforts to the theoretical development of non-technical innovations. Aim: This study investigates the contribution of non-technical, innovative, entrepreneurial and marketing endeavours to the development of superior entrepreneurship through two types of firm capabilities. Setting: Over several stages, a structured questionnaire form was formulated. Firstly, an extensive review of previous similar research was performed to identify the adoptable scale items. After adjusting the scales based on the feedback from the pre-testers, the final questionnaire comprised 55 items measured on a five-point Likert-type scale. Methods: A total of 155 valid questionnaires, with the inclusion of late-responses, were obtained and this represented a response rate of 22%. Particularly, a conceptual model connecting market orientation, organisational learning, non-technical innovation and entrepreneurship was tested using partial least square path modelling. Results: In considering the criticality of innovation as the fulcrum of service-based delivery, our model advances the existing empirical approaches with a more intangible dimensionality of innovative efforts. Overall, the model distinguishes that small service firms engaging in dual modes of non-technical innovation strategically nurture intangible capabilities, which in turn provides them with enduring performance outcomes in outperforming competitors. Conclusion: The findings could assist small firms in accomplishing new value creation via non-technical innovations.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Huaqiao University [Grant No: 17BS201], Quanzhou City Government [Grant No: 600005-Z17X0234], Quanzhou science and technology bureau [Grant No: 2018Z010]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Non-technological innovation; Organisational learning; Innovation; Small-sized firms; SME
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of the Built Environment
Depositing User: Mrs. Siti Mawarni Salim
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2022 01:53
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 01:53

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