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n South African Journal of Industrial Engineering - Linking culture, organizational learning orientation and product innovation performance : the case of Ethiopian manufacturing firms

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Abstract

Using formal survey data from textile and leather product manufacturing firms in Ethiopia, we investigate how the current national cultural setup (power distance, collectivism, masculinity and uncertainty avoidance) is affecting organizational learning, orientation and product innovation performance. Further, we assess the moderating role of sector and ownership structure on the interrelationship. The result demonstrates that the current national culture setup is negatively affecting the learning and innovation activities of the firms in the country. It also shows that while sector type is neutral, ownership type significantly affects the interrelationship among culture, learning orientation and product innovation performance.

Deur die gebruik van peilingdata van tekstiel- en leerproduk vervaardigers in Etiopië word die invloed van die huidige nasionale kulturele milieu (dit sluit die afstand tot krag, kollektivisme, manlikheid en onsekerheidsvermyding) op die organisatoriese leer, oriëntasie en produkinnovasie bestudeer. Verder word die matigende rol van sektortipe en eienaarskapstruktuur op die onderlinge verhoudinge beoordeel. Die resultaat toon dat die huidige nasionale kulturele milieu die leer- en innovasieaktiwiteite negatief beïnvloed. Dit toon ook dat, terwyl die sektortipe nie 'n noemenswaardige invloed het nie, die eienaarskapstruktuur die onderlinge verhouding tussen kultuur, leeroriëntasie en produkinnovasie daadwerklik beïnvloed.

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2016-05-01
2016-12-08
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