Quotation Dömötör, Rudolf, Franke, Nikolaus, Hienerth, Christoph. 2007. What a difference a DV make ... The impact of conceptualizing the dependent variable in innovation success factor studies. Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft (ZfB) (2): 23-46.




The quest for the "success factors" that drive a company's innovation performance has attracted a great deal of attention among both practitioners and academics. The underlying assumption is that certain critical activities impact the innovation performance of the company or the project. However, the findings of success factor studies lack convergence. It has been speculated that this may be due to the fact that extant studies have used many different measures of the dependent variable "innovation performance". Our study is the first to analyze this issue systematically and empirically: we analyze the extent to which different conceptualizations of the dependent variable (a firm's innovation performance) lead to different innovation success factor patterns. In order to do so, we collected data from 234 German firms, including well-established success factors and six alternative measures of innovation performance. This allowed us to calculate whether or not success factors are robust to changes in the measurement of the dependent variable. We find that this is not the case: rather, the choice of the dependent variable makes a huge difference. From this, we draw important conclusions for future studies aiming to identify the success factors in companies' innovation performance.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Business Economics (JBE) (früher: Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft ZfB)
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language German
Title What a difference a DV make ... The impact of conceptualizing the dependent variable in innovation success factor studies
Number 2
Year 2007
Page from 23
Page to 46
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.wu.ac.at/entrep/downloads/publikationen/innovation_success_factor_studies_rd.pdf


Benchmarking of innovation management practices of SMEs in Vienna
Dömötör, Rudolf (Details)
Franke, Nikolaus (Details)
Hienerth, Christoph (Former researcher)
Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation IN (Details)
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