Asia Pacific Journal of Management

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 687–704 | Cite as

Entrepreneurial firms’ network competence, technological capability, and new product development performance

  • Bo Yu
  • Shengbin HaoEmail author
  • David Ahlstrom
  • Steven Si
  • Dapeng Liang


Successfully developing new products is critical to an entrepreneurial firm’s continued success. Based on the resource management model, this study aims to answer the key research question: how entrepreneurial firms leverage network competence and technological capability to enhance their new product development (NPD) performance in a turbulent environment. Using data collected from 134 entrepreneurial firms in China, we investigate the performance effects of network competence and technological capability, and the moderating effects of technological turbulence and market turbulence. Our findings show that network competence has a positive impact on NPD performance and technological capability plays a mediating role between network competence and NPD performance. Technological turbulence enhances the performance effects of network competence and technological capability; market turbulence advances the performance effect of network competence, but fails to exert significant negative impact on that of technological capability. We discuss managerial implications of our findings and offer directions for future research.


Network competence Technological capability Technological turbulence Market turbulence New product development (NPD) performance 



The authors would like to thank Rae Pinkham and Marc Ahlstrom of Burlington County College for their editorial and research assistance. This research was partially supported by the China Natural Science Foundation (71202160 and 71272175), China Postdoctoral Fund (2012M520758), Heilongjiang Postdoctoral Fund (LBH-Z12103) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities under Grant No. HIT.NSRIF.2010085 and HIT.HSS.201101.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bo Yu
    • 1
  • Shengbin Hao
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Ahlstrom
    • 2
  • Steven Si
    • 3
  • Dapeng Liang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of ManagementHIT-UMKC Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Harbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of ManagementThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong
  3. 3.School of ManagementTongji UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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