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Title: Foreign competition and innovation: The mediating role of imitation
Authors: Xia, Tianjiao
Liu, Xiaohui
Keywords: Foreign competition
Imitation
Innovation
Absorptive capacity
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Wiley © British Academy of Management
Citation: XIA, T. and LIU, X., 2017. Foreign competition and innovation: The mediating role of imitation. British Journal of Management, doi:10.1111/1467-8551.12236.
Abstract: This study examines the extent to which foreign competition affects the innovation performance of domestic firms through imitation, given firms’ absorptive capacity. In analyzing longitudinal firm-level data from the U.K., we find a mediating effect of imitation on the relationship between foreign competition and local firms’ innovation performance, and an inverted U-shaped relationship between imitation and the innovation performance of local firms. Our findings further reveal that absorptive capacity moderates the mediating effect of imitation, diminishing innovation gains at moderate levels of imitation and mitigating the diminishing innovation performance at high levels of imitation.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 27th July 2019.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.12236
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25000
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12236
ISSN: 1045-3172
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