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Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 342; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10020342

Existing Knowledge Assets and Disruptive Innovation: The Role of Knowledge Embeddedness and Specificity

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Business Management Research Center, School of Business Administration, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou 362021, China
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School of Business Administration, Guangdong University of Finance and Economics, Guangzhou 510320, China
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Graduate Institute of Global Business and Strategy, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 10645, Taiwan
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School of Business Administration, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou 362021, China
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Received: 31 December 2017 / Revised: 26 January 2018 / Accepted: 26 January 2018 / Published: 29 January 2018
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Disruptive innovation has created a significant impact on management practices and academia. This study investigated the impact of existing knowledge assets on disruptive innovation by analyzing the role of knowledge embeddedness and specificity. We conducted a hierarchical regression analysis by using survey data from 173 Chinese industrial firms to test the direct and indirect effects of knowledge embeddedness and specificity on disruptive innovation, which can be divided into outward-oriented and internal-oriented disruptive innovation. The results indicated that knowledge embeddedness not only played a positive role in knowledge specificity, but also had a positive effect on outward-oriented disruptive innovation. Furthermore, knowledge specificity exhibited opposite functions in outward-oriented and internal-oriented disruptive innovation. In addition, knowledge specificity mediated the relationship between knowledge embeddedness and outward-oriented (internal-oriented) disruptive innovation. View Full-Text
Keywords: knowledge assets; knowledge embeddedness; knowledge specificity; disruptive innovation knowledge assets; knowledge embeddedness; knowledge specificity; disruptive innovation
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