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Examining learning strategies, creativity, and innovation at SMEs using fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis and PLS path modeling

Valaei, Naser and Rezaei, Sajad and Wan Ismail, Wan Khairuzzaman (2017) Examining learning strategies, creativity, and innovation at SMEs using fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis and PLS path modeling. Journal of Business Research, 70 . pp. 224-233. ISSN 0148-2963

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2016.08.016

Abstract

Some degree of ambiguity and inconsistency in organizational learning capability and its outcomes still exists, especially among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This study argues that exploitative learning strategy, explorative learning strategy, improvisational creativity, and compositional creativity are several antecedents (causal conditions) of innovation as an outcome (solution) within SMEs. This study analyzes data from a survey of 206 top managers of SMEs using PLS-structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) and fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) to demonstrate innovation and its dependence on combinations of complex antecedent conditions and various alternative paths. Though the results of the PLS-SEM analysis support the hypothetical paths except explorative learning and compositional creativity; the fsQCA findings indicate conditional support for the proposed antecedents and outcomes except explorative learning and exploitative learning. Furthermore, the complex solutions of the fsQCA analysis indicate that five combinations sufficiently explain innovation.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:RADIS System Ref No:PB/2016/06960
Uncontrolled Keywords:learning strategies, improvisational creativity
Subjects:H Social Sciences
Divisions:International Business School
ID Code:66461
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:03 Oct 2017 16:06
Last Modified:03 Oct 2017 16:06

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