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A Structural approach to assessing innovation: construct development of innovation types and characteristics and their organizational effects

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The authors demonstrate that the concepts of competence destroying and competence enhancing are composed of two distinct constructs which, although correlated, separately characterize an innovation: new competence acquisition and competence enhancement/destruction. They develop scales to measure these constructs and show that new competence acquisition and competence enhancing/destroying are different from other innovation characteristics including core/peripheral and incremental/radical, as well as architectural and generational innovation types. They show that innovations can be evaluated distinctively on these various dimensions with generally small correlations between them. They estimate the impact these different innovation characteristics and types have on both innovation and organizational outcomes. Innovations that affect an organization's competencies have the strongest, though contrasting, effects on organizational changes as well as innovation outcomes. In contrast, innovation types have no consistent independent effects on either innovation or organizational outcomes. This research indicates the importance of untangling innovation types from innovation characteristics, provides reliable measures of competence enhancement/destruction and new competence acquisition, and supports a hierarchical approach to assessing innovation.

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