Relationship Between Firm’s Performance and Factors Involved in the Selection of Innovation Providers

  • Afnan Zafar
  • Jussi Kantola
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 783)


Innovation is the backbone of the product development in present era for the survival of the corporate organization in the respective market. Changing trends in every passing day are making the product development more competitive and innovative. This paper investigates the relationship between firm’s performance with respect to outsourcing innovations and factors affecting the selection of contract research organizations or innovation providers. The research is conducted by a self-designed instrument in the form of a survey form on 112 respondents internationally in 17 countries. The paper will give empirical relationship among firm’s performance, outsourcing innovations and six major factors, which play a vital role in the selection of CROs. Proposed hypotheses in this article are based on empirical relationship, which is validated by SPSS 24. The findings support the conceptual model and offer many managerial implications, which are described in detail at the end of the paper.


Innovations Firm’s performance Contract research Organizations Outsourcing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Technology and InnovationsUniversity of VaasaVaasaFinland

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