A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Preceding operational capabilities as antecedents for productivity and innovation performance

Open Access hybrid publication

Publication Details
Authors: Saunila Minna, Ukko Juhani, Rantala Tero, Nasiri Mina, Rantanen Hannu
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Journal of Business Economics
Volume number: 90
Issue number: 4
Start page: 537
End page: 561
Number of pages: 25
ISSN: 0044-2372
eISSN: 1861-8928
JUFO-Level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Open Access hybrid publication


This study focuses on the
connections among operational capabilities, productivity, and innovation
performance. Specifically, the study investigates whether preceding operational
capabilities, particularly human, time management, and financing capabilities,
affect total productivity, labor productivity, and innovation performance. Using
data from 203 Finnish small- and medium-sized enterprises, this study shows
that human and time management capabilities affect total productivity, whereas
only human capabilities affect labor productivity. Both human and time
management capabilities affect innovation performance. Hence, this study makes
two main contributions to existing research on operational capabilities. As a
first contribution, the study introduces three preceding operational
capabilities—human, time management, and financing capabilities—as crucial
elements to realize operational resources and practices, on one hand, and to
establish operational capabilities, on the other hand. As a second
contribution, this research adds to the literature a comprehensive investigation
of the links of preceding operational capabilities with productivity (i.e.,
total productivity and labor productivity) and innovation performance.

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