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Rethinking the "mirroring" hypothesis: implications for technological modularity, tacit coordination, and radical innovation

Hao, Bin; Feng, Yanan; Frigant, Vincent

Authors

Bin Hao

YANAN FENG YANAN.FENG@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Assistant Professor

Vincent Frigant



Abstract

Studies of the 'mirroring' hypothesis have demonstrated the relationships between technological modularity and explicit coordination, yet little is known about the 'mirroring' relationship between technological modularity and tacit coordination, and how the 'mirroring' relationship may affect radical innovation. This paper contributes to the 'mirroring' hypothesis by identifying the interaction mechanisms embedded in and surrounded over the mirroring relationships. Using survey data of 121 high-tech firms in China, our study indicates that technological modularity enhances interfirm tacit coordination between module-makers ('mirroring' hypothesis), and will also positively influence radical innovation ('outcome' hypothesis). Moreover, tacit coordination negatively moderates the impact of technological modularity on radical innovation ('interaction' hypothesis), indicating that the 'mirroring' relationship may offset the benefit obtained from modularization. It also suggests that, in a high-technology industry in underdeveloped areas, tacit coordination could lead to exposure of hidden knowledge, thus lowering module-makers' motivation for technology breakthrough.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal R&D Management
Print ISSN 0033-6807
Electronic ISSN 1467-9310
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 1
Pages 3-16
APA6 Citation Hao, B., Feng, Y., & Frigant, V. (in press). Rethinking the "mirroring" hypothesis: implications for technological modularity, tacit coordination, and radical innovation. R&D Management, 47(1), 3-16. doi:10.1111/radm.12106
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/radm.12106
Keywords “Mirroring” Hypothesis, Technological Modularity, Tacit Coordination, Radical Innovation
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/radm.12106/abstract
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Hao, B., Feng, Y. and Frigant, V. (2015), Rethinking the ‘mirroring’ hypothesis: implications for technological modularity, tacit coordination, and radical innovation. R&D Management. doi: 10.1111/radm.12106 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wi...11/radm.12106/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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