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Title: THE IMPACT OF POLITICAL CONNECTIONS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL CAPABILITIES AND THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW PRODUCTS
Authors: XIAO FENGLONG
Keywords: Political Connections; Organizational Capability; New Product Introduction
Issue Date: 28-Feb-2018
Citation: XIAO FENGLONG (2018-02-28). THE IMPACT OF POLITICAL CONNECTIONS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL CAPABILITIES AND THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW PRODUCTS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: While existing literature has investigated the performance implications of building political connections, there has been limited understanding of how firms’ political advantage impacts other organizational process and outcomes that are pertaining to the creation and sustainability of competitive advantages. In this thesis, I address this gap by conducting two empirical studies on corporate political connections through analyzing Taiwanese listed firms during the period 2005-2014. In the first study, I examine how political connections affect the development of different types of organizational capabilities and find that political connections enhance firm’s marketing capabilities by affording them an advantaged position in market competition but degrade their technological capabilities by impeding assimilation of external new knowledge. In the second study, I investigate the impact of political connections on new product introductions. I theorize and argue that political connections obviate the need for prompt assimilation and combination of new knowledge and information, resulting in fewer new products introduced by the firm to markets. I exploit the 2008 global financial crisis to implement a difference-in-differences design to identify the causal mechanism underlying the relationship between political connections and the number of new product launches.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/144250
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