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Foreign competition and innovation: The mediating role of imitation

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posted on 16.05.2017 by Tianjiao Xia, Xiaohui Liu
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.

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  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

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British Journal of Management

Citation

XIA, T. and LIU, X., 2017. Foreign competition and innovation: The mediating role of imitation. British Journal of Management, 29 (3), pp.464-482.

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Wiley © British Academy of Management

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

22/03/2017

Publication date

2017

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: XIA, T. and LIU, X., 2017. Foreign competition and innovation: The mediating role of imitation. British Journal of Management, 29 (3), pp.464-482, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12236. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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1045-3172

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1467-8551

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en

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