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Ullah, Z., & Arslan, A. (2022). R&D contribution to sustainable product attributes development: The complementarity of human capital. Sustainable Development, 1– 14. https://doi.org/10.1002/sd.2289

R&D contribution to sustainable product attributes development : the complementarity of human capital

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Author: Ullah, Zeeshan1,2; Arslan, Ahmad1
Organizations: 1Department of Marketing, Management, and International Business, University of Oulu, Oulu, 90570 Finland
2Department of Business Administration, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, 90570 Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2022041128050
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-04-11
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Abstract

The current article aims to study the role of organizational research and development (R&D) function in sustainable product attributes (SPA) development, using the knowledge-based view (KBV) theoretical lens. Specifically, this study investigates the extent of R&D contribution in aggregate and disaggregated SPA development. Furthermore, this article analyzes the extent to which human capital complements R&D’s contribution to aggregate and disaggregated SPA development. The analysis of 433 manufacturing firms’ panel datasets (from 2002 to 2017) provides evidence of a positive influence of R&D on aggregate and disaggregated SPA development. The moderation analysis results confirm that human capital complements R&D’s contribution to SPA development. By studying R&D under the KBV, this study provides coherence to the R&D-sustainable product development relation and contributes to R&D-sustainable product literature. This article further contributes to the R&D-sustainable product relationship by analyzing the complementarity of human capital in R&D to develop aggregate and disaggregated SPA. This study clarifies to managers that regardless of resource constraints, a firm can develop SPA by capitalizing R&D knowledge relatedness to corporate social responsibility, and human capital complements R&D’s contribution to SPA development.

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Series: Sustainable development
ISSN: 0968-0802
ISSN-E: 1099-1719
ISSN-L: 0968-0802
Volume: In press
Pages: 1 - 14
DOI: 10.1002/sd.2289
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1002/sd.2289
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Subjects:
R&D
Funding: Zeeshan Ullah wishes to acknowledge the financial support from the Foundation for Economic Education, Finland, for the research project 190404.
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