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An empirical study of the antecedents for radical product innovations and capabilities for transformation

Andreas Herrmann, Oliver Gassmann & Ulrich Eisert

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abstract Products of a completely new kind have the potential to seriously change the balance of power in existing markets or even to create new markets. But what factors favor radical product innovations? Working from an understanding of the discontinuities associated with radical innovations, an explanatory model emerges, which underlines the meaning of the transformation processes from the point of competencies available and markets addressed.

In this paper, we report on a quantitative, empirical study in some highly innovative industries. Our findings indicate that specific organizational and cultural characteristics work as antecedents for the required capabilities for transformation. These capabilities increase the propensity of an established company to introduce radical product innovations.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Radical innovation; Dynamic capabilities; Corporate culture; Partial least square (PLS)
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-3-2007
journal Journal of Engineering and Technology Management
publisher Elsevier (Amsterdam)
ISSN 0923-4748
ISSN (online) 1879-1719
DOI 10.1016/j.jengtecman.2007.01.006
volume of journal 24
number of issue 1-2
page(s) 92-120
review not reviewed
   
citation Herrmann, A., Gassmann, O., & Eisert, U. (2007). An empirical study of the antecedents for radical product innovations and capabilities for transformation. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 24(1-2), 92-120, DOI:10.1016/j.jengtecman.2007.01.006.