R&D intensity, knowledge creation process and new product performance: the mediating role of international R&D teams

Abstract

Although previous studies have shown the positive effect of research and development (R&D) intensity on new product performance (NPP), our understanding about the mechanisms through which R&D intensity influence NPP is less understood. In this paper, we focus on the mediating role of international R&D teams in explaining the effect of R&D intensity on NPP. Since R&D teams are dispersed across the globe, thus examining the role of international R&D teams will provide a more nuanced understanding of the mechanisms through which R&D intensity contributes to NPP. Using survey data from 201 Ghanaian firms engaged in internationalisation activities, the results suggest that the use of international R&D teams mediates the relationship between R&D intensity and NPP. Moreover, the findings indicate that the use of international R&D teams improves NPP and that this linkage is amplified when the knowledge creation process inside the firm is stronger. We discuss the implications of these findings for theory and practice.

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Keywords

R&D intensity, new product performance, international R&D teams, knowledge creation process, SMEs, Africa, Ghana

Citation

Adomako, S., Amankwah-Amoah, J., Danso, A., Danquah, J.K., Hussain, Z. and Khan, Z., (2019) R&D intensity, knowledge creation process and new product performance: The mediating role of international R&D teams. Journal of Business Research,

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Finance and Banking Research Group (FiBRe)