The Relationship Knowledge, Learning, Innovation and Competitive Advantages: A Conceptual Model

By Maria da Penha Braga Costa and Jose Ednilson de Oliveira Cabral.

Published by The Technology Collection

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The goal of this paper is to delineate a conceptual model about the relationship of knowledge and learning with innovations and competitive advantages. This model will be applied in a research assessing the direct and inverse causation amongst sources and consequences of innovation. Hence, a bibliographical research about the themes was carried out and an in depth study of the selected literature was undertaken. Specifically, we revise the proposed theoretical models; critically assess the suggested analytical models and conclude with an integrative model focusing on knowledge and learning for innovations and competitive advantage and on how higher rates of innovations and performance can be supported by differentiated knowledge sources and learning processes. The main research question: are the technological capabilities for innovate and competitive performance improved by differentiated knowledge sources and learning processes? In the derived research, we aim to study how Brazilian export companies evolve on knowledge and learning to innovate, how innovativeness is reflected on technological-innovative capabilities and how innovativeness reflects performances.

Keywords: Innovations, Knowledge, Learning, Competitiveness

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.21-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.046MB).

Maria da Penha Braga Costa

Teacher and Researcher, International Business, University of Fortaleza, Hove, UK

PhD. candidate in management of organizations at The University of Coimbra - Portugal. Nowadays is professor of the University of Fortaleza and researcher of BNB – Northeast Brazilian Bank. I have carried out research about the innovation and competitiveness, mainly about the Brazilian agricultural sector. I have supervised candidates to undergraduation degrees and have participated in evaluation groups of undergraduation Candidates. I am member of scientific, technical and professional associations, as ABEPRO and ANPAD. I have published in conferences like Brazilian agricultural economics and management and Iberoamerican Academy of Management.

Jose Ednilson de Oliveira Cabral

Researcher and Teacher, Research, University of Fortaleza, Hove, UK

PhD. in management and economics of innovation, nowadays is professor of the University of Fortaleza and researcher of Embrapa – Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation. I have carried out research about the determinants, processes and impacts of technological innovations at industry and firm levels, mainly about the food industry. I have supervised candidates to master degrees and have participated in evaluation groups of master and PhD. Candidates. I am member of scientific, technical and professional associations, as IBEROAMERICAN ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT and IAMOT - International Association of Management of Technology. I have published in journals like Scientometrics, Journal on Chain and Networks Science, Revista de Administração Contemporânea e Revista Eletrônica de Administração.

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