THE IMPACT OF INTER-ORGANIZATIONAL GUANXI, ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING ON INNOVATION PERFORMANCE: AN EMPIRICAL STUDY FROM THE CHINESE MARKET

Wang Dongling
China-ASEAN International College
Dhurakij Pundit University, Thailand
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Kelvin C.K. Lam
China-ASEAN International College
Dhurakij Pundit University, Thailand
Kelvin C.K. Lam @gmail.com

 

Abstract
Formal job relation and informal inter-organizational Guanxi are two types of external relations of an organization. But scholars have not distinguished the two types of rela-tionships when discussing the relationship between organizational external relations and innovation performance. There is little evidence to support the impact of in-ter-organizational Guanxi on innovation performance. The purpose of this study is to analyze the impact of inter-organizational Guanxi on organizational learning and inno-vation performance. The data of this study were obtained by investigating 170 high-tech manufacturing enterprises in China. This study use hierarchical regression and other statistical analysis methods to make an empirical analysis of the hypothetical. The re-sults show that inter-organizational Guanxi play a positive role in organizational inno-vation performance. The stronger the inter-organizational Guanxi is, the higher the per-formance of organizational innovation is. The mediating effect of organizational learning on the innovation performance link was observed to be positive and significant. There-fore, managers should build strong relations with stakeholders to assimilate, transfer, and adapt new knowledge and thus enhance innovation performance. This study pro-vides evidence for the impact of inter-organizational Guanxi on innovation performance, and demonstrates their significance and positive role in the context of China.

Keyword: Inter-Organizational Guanxi; Social capital; Network relationships; Organi-zational Learning; Innovation Performance

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