Organizational learning capability, innovation and performance: study in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMES)

Capacidade de aprendizagem organizacional, inovação e desempenho: estudo em pequenas e médias empresas (PMEs)

Capacidad de aprendizaje organizacional, innovación y desempeño: estudio en pequeñas y medianas empresas (PYMES)

Giancarlo Gomes Rafaele Matte Wojahn About the authors

Abstract

Although the relation between the organizational learning capability, organizational innovation and performance has often been studied, there is little empirical evidence to support this perspective in small and medium-sized enterprises. This study aims at analyzing the influence of organizational learning capability in innovative performance and organizational performance of small and medium-sized enterprises. The research was conducted under the quantitative approach, descriptive and causal, and cross-sectional survey. The sample was composed of 92 enterprises in the textile industry. The data were analyzed through the technique of Structural Equation Modeling. The results show that the organizational learning capability influences the innovative performance of small and medium-sized enterprises, however, the influence of the learning capability in organizational performance was not significant. The study provides evidence for these relations and shows that they are significant and positive in the context of small and medium-sized textile enterprises, context in which the empirical literature is particularly scarce. For future research it is suggested to evaluate contingency factors for innovative and organizational performance. Other studies could analyze the differences in innovation between manufacturing and service sector.

Keywords:
Organizational learning capability; Innovation; Organizational performance

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