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Information Technology and Management

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 75–87 | Cite as

IT capabilities for product innovation in SMEs: a configurational approach

  • Louis Raymond
  • Sylvestre Uwizeyemungu
  • Bruno Fabi
  • Josée St-Pierre
Article

Abstract

With the advent of globalization and the knowledge-based economy, industrial SMEs must constantly innovate to remain competitive. Now, an important research issue in this regard concerns the role played by IT capabilities in enabling innovation processes such as new product development, and in determining the product innovation performance of these organizations. Using a configurational approach grounded in the resource-based view, contingency theory, and the notions of “fit” and equifinality, we argue that IT capabilities can be leveraged for innovation purposes to the extent that they are coaligned and thus constitute IT capability configurations. This paper presents the results of a survey of 588 Canadian industrial SMEs designed to further analyze this issue. Three IT capability configurations were thus empirically identified, that is, IT Defenders (n = 234), IT Analyzers (n = 91) and IT Prospectors (n = 263), the last two being associated to greater product innovation performance.

Keywords

IT capability Product innovation Innovation performance Capability configuration Fit Equifinality SME 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Funding was provided by SSHRC (Grant No. 890-2011-0153).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis Raymond
    • 1
  • Sylvestre Uwizeyemungu
    • 1
  • Bruno Fabi
    • 1
  • Josée St-Pierre
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de recherche sur les PMEUniversité du Québec à Trois-RivièresTrois-RivièresCanada

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