Turning heterogeneity into improved research outputs in international R&D teams

Juan Gabriel Cegarra-Navarro, Francisco Javier Alfonso Ruiz, Eva Martínez-Caro, Alexeis Garcia-Perez

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    The heterogeneity that characterises international research and development (R&D) teams often brings with it a wide spectrum of knowledge resources potentially relevant for the operation of the team. The study looks at a context where a positive relationship exists, and high levels of knowledge sharing take place between team members, referred to as knowledge orchestration, as a prerequisite for successful outputs in international research. The research involved 93 members of R&D teams working –either directly or indirectly, on the domain of industrial mortars. Within that domain, research participants are focused on the search for innovative solutions to improving the energy efficiency of buildings and the production of renewable energy. Partial Least Squares (PLS) using the SmartPLS allowed for the analysis of the data collected from practitioners. The results show that knowledge orchestration has a significant mediation effect between the heterogeneity of knowledge created by international R&D and their outputs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)770-778
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Business Research
    Early online date25 May 2019
    Publication statusPublished - May 2021

    Bibliographical note

    NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Business Research. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Business Research, (2019) DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.05.023

    © 2019, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/


    This work was partially supported by the Fundación Séneca Grant 20562/EE/18 , the Spanish Ministry for Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (Research Project ECO2017-88987-R ) and BMN


    • Heterogeneity of knowledge
    • International R&D team
    • International research outputs
    • Knowledge orchestration

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Marketing


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