How does competition by informal firms affect the innovation in formal firms?

Jorge A. Heredia Pérez, Xiaohua Yang, Ou Bai, Alejandro Flores, Walter Heredia Heredia

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This study applies a resource-based perspective to investigate how competition by informal firms affects innovation in formal firms in China. By analyzing survey data, collected from 1,686 Chinese manufacturing firms, we find that formal firms tend to increase their rate of innovation when faced with informal competition. However, formal firms’ access to increased global supply chain collaboration mitigates the challenges presented to their rate of innovation by the informal firms. We present implications for future research, practice, and policy-making.
Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)173-190
Número de páginas18
PublicaciónInternational Studies of Management and Organization
EstadoPublicada - 3 abr. 2019

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Funding Information:
This study is supported by grants from National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 71602180; No. 71672139). We wish to thank the Guest Editors, Dr. Maoliang Bu and Dr. Tian Wei, and the anonymous reviewers for their constructive feedback, suggestions, and guidance, which helped us to lift the quality of the article.

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© 2019, © 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Palabras clave

  • China
  • Informal firms
  • formal firm
  • global supply chain collaboration
  • innovation


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