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Technological Competency-environment Fit and New Product Development Performance: An Empirical Study of Small and Medium–size Enterprises



Li Qiang, Huang Guling and He Min
 
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Adaptation to fierce competition and dynamic environment through innovation is of major concern for all firms. Although studies have emphasized the importance of fit between technology competency and environmental factors on new product development, the empirical examination of this field has been some what scarce. Based on a survey of cross-industry sample of 336 manufacturing SMEs in China, the study adopts multiple regression analysis to find that technology competency and external environment interactively impact NPD performance. Theoretically, it empirically examines how a firm’ organizational resources/capabilities and environmental contexts jointly create NPD performance. Specifically, the efficiency of internal technology competency would be deteriorated in dynamic environment and strengthened in highly competitive intensity. It is recommended that SMEs should rely more external partners or modes to acquire knowledge in technological turbulent environment. However while the market becomes more fierce, building the technological competency internally would be a feasible solution to maintain the competitive advantages.

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Li Qiang, Huang Guling and He Min , 2013. Technological Competency-environment Fit and New Product Development Performance: An Empirical Study of Small and Medium–size Enterprises. Journal of Applied Sciences, 13: 3459-3464.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2013.3459.3464

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2013.3459.3464
 

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