Antecedents of knowledge generation competence and its impact on innovativeness

Ilka Griese, Doreén Pick*, Michael Kleinaltenkamp

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Purpose: This study aims to present the conceptualization and measurement of knowledge generation competence (KGC) as the fundament for firm's internal knowledge generation. Furthermore, it seeks to assess different antecedents of a firm's KGC and its potential for improving a firm's innovativeness. Design/methodology/approach: Data were collected by nationwide mail survey in the German automation and the consulting industry. The final sample consists of 110 respondents (response rate of 32.9 percent). The measurement model was tested by using structural equation modeling applying partial least squares (PLS) estimation. PLS was also used to investigate the relationships between KGC, its antecedents and innovativeness. Findings: The findings support the conceptualization and measurement of knowledge generation competence (KGC). The included dimensions explained 47.6 percent of the variance of knowledge generation competence. Furthermore, most of the relationships included in the research model were supported by the empirical data. Practical implications: The data suggest that firms which want to increase their innovativeness can develop their knowledge generation competence by providing learning orientation culture and investing in human resource practices. Originality/value: The paper aids in uncovering the relationship between organizational learning, human resource practices, knowledge generation competence, and innovativeness of a firm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-485
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Business & Industrial Marketing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Germany
  • Human resource practices
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge creation
  • Knowledge generation competence
  • Knowledge organizations
  • Learning orientation
  • Organizational learning
  • Partial least squares


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