Abstract:Purpose: Service innovation performance (SIP) is an important driver of growth and wealth of service firms in wide range of industries. Yet, few researches have been done to explore its influencing factors. The purpose of this paper intends to identify the impacts of corporate social capital, market orientation and organizational learning on service innovation in the Pearl River Delta of China.Design/methodology/approach: The paper mainly adopted the empirical research. A Structure Equation Model containing an intermediary variable was established to explore the relationships of SIP.
Findings:The main findings of the research support some of the propositions: (1) Both corporate social capital, market orientation and organizational learning have distinct positive impact on service innovation performance; (2) Corporate social capital, market orientation has a positive effect on organizational learning respectively, and (3) organizational learning plays a mediating role between the corporate social capital, market orientation and service innovation performance.-303-Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management -http://dx.doi.org/10.3926/jiem.1318Research limitations/implications: The research object of this paper has been restricted to the enterprises in Pearl River Delta of China. By contrast, variables and theories all come from western research, which was not adequate in explaining some results in the context of China.Given the limited theoretical and empirical research to service innovation, future research studies might widen their examinations scope to include other potential factors.Originality/value: The insights from this paper can help service managers to better understand the relationship among corporate social capital, market orientation, organizational learning and service innovation performance in the context of China's economic transformation, as well as providing some useful guidance for the service sector's innovation activities.
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