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Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 693; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10030693

The Impact of Technical–Nontechnical Factors Synergy on Innovation Performance: The Moderating Effect of Talent Flow

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School of Economics and Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Weihai 264209, China
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School of Economics and Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
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Zhongshan Institute, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Zhongshan 528402, China
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Received: 15 January 2018 / Revised: 27 February 2018 / Accepted: 27 February 2018 / Published: 5 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Innovation and talent are the guarantee of the sustainable development of an enterprise. However, internet companies are facing two major problems: innovation scarcity and frequent talent flow. The gradual intensification of competition is leading internet companies to realize the importance of collaborative innovation of an enterprise’s internal elements. Previous studies have pointed out that appropriate talent flow is conducive to improve the corporation’s innovation performance, too low or too high talent flow has a negative impact on the enterprise’s innovation ability. This study explores the relationship between talent flow, technical–nontechnical element synergy and collaborative innovation performance in the internet industry. The results show that the technical–nontechnical element synergy is beneficial to improve the collaborative innovation performance, and the comprehensive coordination of the elements can generate integration advantages that single element synergy cannot produce. As a moderator variable, talent flow can positively moderate the relationship between technical–market synergy, technical–strategy synergy, technical–institution synergy and collaborative innovation performance. However, because of the particularity of organization and culture, talent flow has no moderating effect on the relationship between technical–culture synergy, technical–organization synergy and innovation performance. Finally, this paper puts forward some suggestions on how to promote internet enterprise internal element synergy and use the talent flow frequency to improve collaborative innovation performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: talent flow; element synergy; collaborative innovation; collaborative innovation performance; sustainable development talent flow; element synergy; collaborative innovation; collaborative innovation performance; sustainable development
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Shi, H.-B.; Cui, Y.-C.; Tsai, S.-B.; Wang, D.-M. The Impact of Technical–Nontechnical Factors Synergy on Innovation Performance: The Moderating Effect of Talent Flow. Sustainability 2018, 10, 693.

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