Title: Further understanding of links between interorganisational trust and enterprise innovativeness - from a perspective of an enterprise

Authors: Anna Sankowska

Addresses: Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Production Engineering, Institute for Organization of Production Systems, Narbutta 86 St., 02-524 Warsaw, Poland

Abstract: The paper examines the link between the interorganisational trust and enterprise innovativeness by incorporating the focus on core competencies into the model of relationship between two mentioned variables. On the basis of data coming from 108 of Polish enterprises, a test of mediation is used to prove that interorganisational trust causes enterprise innovativeness indirectly by enabling the focus on core competencies as well as directly due to the creation and transfer of knowledge between collaborating parties. These two direct and indirect mechanisms explain sufficiently how interorganisational trust facilitates innovativeness due to knowledge acquisition and assimilation.

Keywords: interorganisational trust; enterprise innovation; enterprise innovativeness; core competencies; knowledge acquisition; knowledge assimilation; Poland; collaboration; knowledge creation; knowledge transfer.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2013.052899

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2013 Vol.13 No.3, pp.308 - 321

Available online: 31 Mar 2013

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