“Intelligence introduction” learning promotes enterprise upgrading in the catching-up process: a longitudinal case study on Pearl River Piano

LUO Shunjun1 LI Tian1 LIU Fuxian1

(1.Sun Yat-sen Business School)
【Knowledge Link】organizational routines

【Abstract】That local enterprises acquire external knowledge to make up for their own deficiency has become an important route in upgrading the enterprises in the catching-up process. With in-depth study on acquiring external knowledge, some scholars began to pay attention to “intelligence introduction” learning. Based upon embedded case studies on Pearl River Piano Group, our results indicate that “Intelligence introduction” learning has undergone a dynamic evolution process, from the problem-oriented approach to the project-oriented approach, and finally to the internalization-oriented approach. Moreover, organizational routines play an important role in promoting enterprise upgrading through “intelligence introduction” learning. Besides, the external environmental pressure and internal absorption ability exert important influences in the choice of “intelligence introduction” learning. Finally, we find that the generation and transformation of organizational routines enhances technical capabilities and expands market space of enterprises, which would further impact the environmental pressure and absorption ability of enterprises and guide them to enter a new phase of “intelligence introduction” learning and enterprise upgrading.

【Keywords】 latecomer catch-up; “intelligence introduction” learning ; organizational routines; enterprise upgrading;


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  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Literature review
  • 3 Research design and methods
  • 4 Case analysis
  • 5 Case discussion
  • 6. Conclusions and prospects
  • References