Title: The impact of knowledge creation and acquisition on innovation, coopetition and international opportunity development

Authors: Gina Marques Carvalho Santos; Carla Susana Marques; Vanessa Ratten; João J. Ferreira

Addresses: University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), Quinta de Prados, Reitoria, 5001-801 Vila Real, Portugal ' Department of Economics, Sociology and Management and CETRAD - Research Unit, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), Quinta de Prados, Edificio 2-ECHS, 5001-801 Vila Real, Portugal ' Department of Management and Marketing, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Melbourne, Australia ' Department of Management and Economics, NECE - Research Unit, University of Beira Interior (UBI), Pólo IV - Edifício Ernesto Cruz, 600-209 Covilhã, Portugal

Abstract: This study sought to analyse the impact of the creation and acquisition of knowledge in company coopetition and innovation, as well as the effect of coopetition and innovation on internationalisation. The analysis used variables included in the database of the Community Innovation Survey - CIS 2012, to which multivariate statistical tests were applied. The results reveal that the creation process, including knowledge creation, has an impact on company innovation and coopetition. In addition, innovation has a positive impact on the internationalisation of enterprises. Thus, companies that promote knowledge creation and acquisition and that implement coopetition strategies innovate significantly more, thereby promoting internationalisation. This study's results contribute to validating the importance of investment in knowledge - supported by coopetition strategies -as a way to understand trends and to plan and define innovation strategies that contribute to companies' entry into the global market.

Keywords: acquisition of knowledge; coopetition; creation of knowledge; innovation; internationalisation.

DOI: 10.1504/EJIM.2021.117511

European Journal of International Management, 2021 Vol.16 No.3, pp.450 - 472

Received: 23 Sep 2017
Accepted: 17 Oct 2017

Published online: 13 Sep 2021 *

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