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dc.contributor.authorYu-Lin Wangen_US
dc.contributor.authorYau-De Wangen_US
dc.contributor.authorRuey-Yum Horngen_US
dc.description.abstractSmall and medium enterprises (SMEs) have made important contributions to Taiwan’s economy. However, because SMEs are relatively limited in resources, their product innovation may be limited. The purpose of this research was to investigate the relation among SMEs’ technical knowledge acquisition, the knowledge absorption and their product innovation. We take Taiwan bike industry as a source of sampling, using case study and questionnaire survey to collect qualitative and quantitative data. Technical knowledge acquisition is measured by knowledge collection activities and diversity of knowledge sources. Knowledge collection activities are further divided into knowledge released from basic science research and knowledge released from industry. Product innovation is measured by manager’s self-evalution of product and project performance. Knowledge absorptive capacity consists on knowledge acquisition, knowledge assimilation, knowledge transformation and knowledge exploitation. In the first study, we conducted in-depth interview with R&D staffs in Taiwan Industrial Research Institute and two Taiwan bike companies to get a glimpse of bike industry’s R&D activities in Taiwan. Based on the knowledge we acquired from the interview, a questionnaire was devised and mailed to 122 bike enterprises that have been engaged in product innovation. The return rate of the questionnaire was 39.8%. The results obtained from the 49 companies indicate that Taiwan SMEs’ product innovation can be predicted from knowledge collection activities, diversity of knowledge sources, knowledge released from basic science research, R&D spending, enterprise owner’s past technical experiences and knowledge absorptive capacity. Enterprise owner’s technical experiences contribute are also a major contribution factor to an organization’s knowledge absorptive capacity. Hence, SMEs’ organization learning seems to depend on enterprise owner’s technical experiences to a very large extent. The theoretical implications and suggestions further studies are discussed at the end of this thesis.en_US
dc.subjectBike industryen_US
dc.subjectTechnical knowledge Acquisitionen_US
dc.subjectKnowledge Absorptive Capacityen_US
dc.subjectProduct Innovationen_US
dc.titleThe Relations among Technical Knowledge Acquisition, Knowledge Absorptive Capacity, and Product Innovation in Small and Medium Enterprises.en_US
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