Title: A determinants of innovativeness model for manufacturing firms

Authors: Gündüz Ulusoy; Kemal Kılıç; Gürhan Günday; Lütfihak Alpkan

Addresses: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey ' Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey ' Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey ' Department of Management, Gebze Institute of Technology, Kocaeli, Turkey

Abstract: This paper offers a comprehensive model of determinants of innovativeness based on empirical data gathered from 184 manufacturing firms located in the Northern Marmara region in Turkey. As opposed to studies that establish a relationship between a limited set of antecedents and innovativeness, this study allows us to investigate the significance of an antecedent when compared to others. Such invaluable knowledge not only enables decision-makers to manage their innovation strategies but also provides a guideline for effective allocation of their limited resources to increase innovation. The analysis reveals that among all possible determinants considered, the highest impact on innovativeness is intellectual capital. This determinant is followed by organisational milieu that consists of the organisational structure and culture components. Path analyses for both of these major innovation determinants are investigated in detail. Some managerial implications are suggested.

Keywords: empirical research; innovation; innovativeness models; intellectual capital; organisational structure; organisational culture; manufacturing industry; structural equation modelling; SEM; Turkey; antecedents; resource allocation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2015.069662

International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, 2015 Vol.6 No.2, pp.125 - 158

Received: 10 Oct 2013
Accepted: 27 May 2014

Published online: 29 May 2015 *

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