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Different Paths to Achieve High Technological Innovation in Clustered Firms: An Analysis of the Spanish Ceramic Tile Industry

Department of Business Administration and Marketing, Universitat Jaume I, 12071 Castelló de la Plana, Spain
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This paper is an extended version of the working paper published in the XLIV International Conference of Regional Science (ISBN: 978-84-09-05604-0), Valencia (Spain), 21–23 November 2018.
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(18), 3710; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9183710
Received: 17 July 2019 / Revised: 23 August 2019 / Accepted: 2 September 2019 / Published: 6 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ceramic Tiles Production and Consumption)
This paper uncovers the different factors behind the high technological innovation performance of clustered firms. Moreover, we aim to investigate the necessary and sufficient conditions of factors to achieve innovative outcomes of clustered firms. This is done by analyzing the Spanish ceramic tile cluster and using a configurational comparative method, namely, fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA). The results reveal the presence of equifinality, as there are diverse paths or combinations of factors that lead clustered firms to higher technological innovation performance. Additionally, early adoption of new technologies and a high absorptive capacity are included in most of the successful combinations of factors. View Full-Text
Keywords: innovative performance; disruptive technological innovation; industrial clusters; technology adoption; absorptive capacity; fsQCA analysis innovative performance; disruptive technological innovation; industrial clusters; technology adoption; absorptive capacity; fsQCA analysis
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Molina-Morales, F.X.; Martínez-Cháfer, L.; Valiente-Bordanova, D. Different Paths to Achieve High Technological Innovation in Clustered Firms: An Analysis of the Spanish Ceramic Tile Industry. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 3710.

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