By Mile Terziovski

Worldwide festival, shorter product lifecycles and more and more hard clients are growing major pressures for the construction of cutting edge corporations. via reading 8 case stories in numerous sectors in Europe, Australia, Japan and Thailand, this e-book presents a qualitative clarification of the advanced relationships among innovation strength, e-commerce, sustainable improvement and new product improvement. The ebook explores how companies improve innovation power during the program of e-commerce, sustainable development-orientation, and new product improvement with a purpose to achieve aggressive virtue. this information can help managers, lecturers and policy-makers comprehend what works, and why and the way it really works in growing innovation-driven businesses from a global viewpoint, thereby delivering an built-in method of innovation administration.

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Organizational Structure An organization’s structure is “the formal setup of a business corporation’s value chain components in terms of work flow, communication channels, and hierarchy” (Wheelen & Hunger, 2002, p. G-5). , the level of reliance on rules and procedures), as well as other aspects of structure. The results of past research indicate that the relationships between innovation and various aspects of structure differ depending on how innovation is measured. For example, Damanpour (1991) found a positive link between innovation and specialization, functional differentiation and the ratio of managers to the number of employees in the organization (which he coined “administrative intensity”).

The type of industry and the degree to which an industry is innovative is likely to influence the innovation capabilities, and ultimately the survival, of the firms in that industry. Customers and Competitors Customers and competitors in a particular industry can influence the innovation capability of organizations in that industry. For example, technologically sophisticated customers may demand more innovative products and services (Porter & Stern, 1999). In addition, geographically close competitors may be able to identify customer needs and source components more quickly than isolated ones (Porter & Stern, 1999).

Fig. 1 shows the relationship between these constructs. NPD Key NPD: New Product Development SDO: Sustainable Development Orientation EC: e-Commerce IC: Innovation Capability IC SDO EC Fig. 1 Integrated innovation capability model. qxd 8/29/2007 1:58 PM Page 38 FA 38 I. Metz, M. Terziovski & D. Samson e-Commerce The authors did not find empirical literature on e-Commerce and its role in organizational innovation capability. , Ngai & Wat, 2002). , Chan & Swatman, 2000; Porter, 2001). This is chiefly due to the low cost of internet-based technologies.

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