Innovation and learning for sustainable competitive advantage : preliminary findings

Matthews, Judy H. & Becker, Karen L. (2009) Innovation and learning for sustainable competitive advantage : preliminary findings. In Beaumont, Nicholas (Ed.) 23rd Annual Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2009), 1-4 December 2009, Southbank, Melbourne.

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Achieving and sustaining competitive advantage is a major challenge for firms in today’s dynamic global marketplace. The notion of sustained competitive advantage has been investigated through a number of paradigms, from the resource based view of the firm to dynamic capabilities. This paper reports preliminary findings from research which investigates the characteristics of innovative firms that have demonstrated competitive advantage over time, targeting factors that contribute to the firm’s performance. Key factors to sustaining competitive advantage include working with demanding customers, team based organizational cultures, engaging in challenging projects to make new to the world products, and using projects to generate the necessity for learning by doing, learning by using and learning by interacting in new product and process development.

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ID Code: 29138
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Competitive Advantage, , , , Continuous Improvement, Continuous Innovation, New Product Development
ISBN: 1863081577
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 08 Dec 2009 02:25
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:04

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