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The aims of innovation and innovation strategy as the determinants of firm performance in the service sector (혁신목적과 혁신전략이 서비스 기업의 성과에 미치는 영향에 관한 연구)

  • Park, Da-Hyoun;Park, Sang-Wook
    • Journal of the Korean Society for Quality Management
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    • v.38 no.3
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    • pp.363-377
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    • 2010
  • Although the importance of the service sector has been highlighted recently, service innovation remain under-researched by scholars. Innovation research based on manufacturing sector suggests that innovation strategy varies according to the objectives of innovation and has a positive influence on firm performance. To investigate the path that links the objectives of innovation, innovation strategy used and firm performance, this study develops a conceptual model of service innovation from the literature and tests the Structural Equation Model(SEM) using STEPI (Korea's Science and Technology Policy Institute) data. We could identify the causal relationships both between the objectives of innovation and innovation strategy and between innovation strategy and firm performance in service as in manufacturing, but we also found that the results of the empirical study for the service industry, in particular, the empirical results on the relationship between the aims of innovation and innovation strategy used, are quite different from those for manufacturing.

A Review of Service Innovation Research: A Comparison of Domestic and International Research Papers (서비스혁신 연구 동향: 국내 및 해외 주요 학술지를 중심으로)

  • Ryu, Hyun-Sun
    • Asia pacific journal of information systems
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    • v.24 no.4
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    • pp.577-610
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    • 2014
  • Although service innovation is not a new concept, innovation research in general tends to focus on technological innovation by manufacturing firms. With this view, innovation studies focus on product(e.g., goods) and process(e.g., product systems) innovation, ignoring service innovation and its inherent opportunities. Since major economy has been transformed to service economy, service innovation is considered a new effective way to sustain and gain a competitive advantage. Service innovation is no longer regarded merely as a side activity to product innovation; it has become a main research topic in its own right, accompanied by an increasing focus on services. While the number of service innovation studies has increased dramatically in the past 30 years in international research, few studies have been performed in domestic studies because domestic service innovation research began from the middle of 2000. In addition, there are no comprehensive literature reviews describing the evolution of service innovation research in both international and domestic studies because of the heterogeneities of service industry and multidiscipline characteristics of service innovation studies. To bridge this research gap, the purpose of this paper is to perform an extensive literature review and synthesis to enable a critical review of extant research on service innovation and trace its evolution, which will establish a foundation for further studies. By reviewing 169 articles (136 international papers; 33 domestic papers) published between 2000 and 2014 (in past 15 years), primarily in leading service, innovation and management information systems journals, this study analyzes the progression of service innovation research according to the four aspects such as number of studies, topics, methodologies and target industries. Overall, the view of service innovation has evolved, from a complement of traditional product innovation to a multidimensional, all-encompassing concept that entails several functions, both within and outside the firms. The results showed that domestic research still stays at the formation phase of service innovation studies although international research is in the maturity or multidimensional phase. We found increasing recent activities pertaining to service innovation, resulting from the increasing interest in services innovation across various industries and the links of new topics to the service innovation concept in both international and domestic studies. However, the main focus of service innovation research showed a different propensity between international and domestic studies: the former mainly focuses on a much more diversified pattern, emphasizing the linkages between service innovation and business strategy while the latter mainly focuses on the service innovation process(system) and service design. In addition, there are many case studies in domestic studies while many empirical studies in international studies. Domestic studies should increases the understanding of the interplay between service innovation and product innovation within manufacturing firms. Furthermore, rather than focusing on intrinsic distinctions between service innovation and product innovation, researchers should strive to develop and conceptualize service innovation in domestics studies. The present research also provides useful implications for practitioners. First, this study contributes to expand the current understanding of service innovation research by performing an extensive literature review. Second, tracing and comparing the progression and trends of service innovation research between international and domestic studies, this study showed the similarities and differences between them, which provide practical guidance on future research directions and research agenda. Third, this study performed literature review establishing the analysis system in the initial stage and using them to analyze articles, which is leading to explain the research review of service innovation more systematically and objectively. Finally, this study suggests the domestic researchers their future interests and topics of service innovation research.

The Relationship Between Learning Orientation and Incremental Innovation, and the Moderating Effect of Tenure (학습지향성이 점진적 혁신에 미치는 효과 및 재직기간의 조절효과)

  • Ahn, Kwan-Young
    • Journal of the Korea Safety Management & Science
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    • v.12 no.3
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    • pp.249-255
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    • 2010
  • This paper studies the relationship between learning orientation and incremental innovation(process innovation, operational innovation, and service innovation), and the moderating effect of tenure in tele-communication service sector. Based on the responses from 241 employees, the results of multiple regression analysis show that learning orientation have positive relationships with process innovation, operational innovation, and service innovation. The results of moderating analysis showed that longer tenure employees have more positive relationships with all incremental innovation factors(process innovation, operational innovation, and service innovation) than short tenure employees.

Analysis on Determinant Affecting Open Innovation of Korean ICT Service Industry : Focusing on Network Service (한국 ICT서비스산업의 개방형 혁신에 영향을 미치는 요소 분석 : 네트워크 서비스를 중심으로)

  • Kim, Eung-Do;Kim, Hongbum;Bae, Khee-Su
    • Korean Management Science Review
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    • v.32 no.4
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    • pp.175-192
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    • 2015
  • Due to the emergence of open innovation driven by development of network service technologies and convergence in ICT service industry, It is necessary for ICT service firms to examine their capabilities for open innovation. The purpose of this paper is to empirically examine determinants affecting open innovation in Korean ICT service industry. In order to analyze, this paper uses logistic and multiple regression models based on survey data of Korean ICT service firms. Estimation results show that external network for collaboration is positive on the technological innovation activity regardless of the innovation type. Specifically, user networks are significant in all types of technology innovation, revealing that it is important to innovation activities of the ICT service firms.

The Characteristics of Innovation Activities in the Service Sector (서비스 유형별 혁신활동의 특성 연구)

  • Kang, Youngmo;Cho, Chanwoo;Lee, Sungjoo
    • Journal of Korea Technology Innovation Society
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    • v.16 no.3
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    • pp.559-581
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    • 2013
  • Over the last several decades, the service sector has experienced the rapid growth and will continue to grow in importance, stature and job creation potential. Productivity and innovation activities in the service sector have come under the spotlight as an important element of national economic development. Despite the spotlight, however, not many studies have conducted to investigate the characteristics of innovation activities in the service sector, compared to the rich literature on the innovation in the manufacturing sector. One of the distinguishing features of service innovation is that innovation activities differ markedly across services. Therefore, this research purposes to investigate the characteristics of service innovation focusing on the differences across service types. Here, we restrict our focus to technical innovation such as product and process innovation. For the purpose of investigation, firstly, the KIS (Korea Innovation Survey) dataset in the service sector was adopted, which includes information about patterns of innovation in the Korean firms that provide service offerings. Then, service typology was developed by two criteria - customize-based and facility-based - on the assumption that the characteristics of service innovation activities will vary according the these two criteria; the classifies services into four groups the patterns of innovation activities were analyzed with respect to innovation inputs, process, and outputs. The research findings indicate that each service group has its own patterns of innovation activities, providing valuable information about the state of affairs in service innovation, thereby are expected to help further study technology innovation activity in the service sector.

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The Strategic Alignment between Service Innovation Strategy and Business Strategy: The Empirical Investigation and Implications for Firm Performance (비즈니스 전략과 서비스혁신 전략의 전략적 적합성에 대한 연구: 실증적 검증과 기업성과의 의미)

  • Ryu, Hyun-Sun;Lee, Jae-Nam
    • Knowledge Management Research
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    • v.13 no.5
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    • pp.113-137
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    • 2012
  • Since service innovation is considered as a new way to gain an advantage in a highly competitive environment, it is imperative for companies to align their service innovation strategy with their business strategy in order to achieve better firm performance. Accordingly, a critical challenge facing firms is how to effectively organize and manage a well-planned service innovation strategy in accordance with the direction of their business strategy. Firms with a good fit between business strategy (i.e., cost leadership, innovative differentiation, and marketing differentiation strategies) and service innovation strategy (service creation-focused, service delivery-focused, and client interface-focused strategies) are expected to have better firm performance than those without such a fit. Based on empirical data from 209 service firms in South Korea, this study aims first to investigate whether a certain service innovation strategy is more effective than others within a particular business strategy. We then examine whether their effective alignment positively affects firm performance. The empirical evidence indicates that the alignment of service innovation strategy with business strategy significantly influences firm performance. The adoption of service innovation strategy was found to have positive effects on firm performance with innovative differentiation and marketing differentiation strategies and negative effects with cost leadership strategy. Lastly, we discuss our study's implications for further research and practice.

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How Should Service Innovation Strategy be Aligned with Business Strategy? : Focused on the Moderating Effect of IT Capability (서비스혁신 전략과 비즈니스 전략 간 연계와 정보기술 역량의 조절효과에 관한 연구)

  • Ryu, Hyun-Sun;Lee, Jae-Nam
    • Journal of Information Technology Services
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    • v.14 no.2
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    • pp.195-229
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    • 2015
  • Service innovation is considered a new way to gain competitive advantage and enhance firm performance. However, service innovation does not always guarantee the desired outcome. The effective organization and management of well-planned service innovation practices, which are consistent with the firm's business environment, become a critical challenge for service innovation success. In addition, an increasing number of studies have focused on the role of information technology (IT) capability in service innovations. Most studies on service innovation have focused on the influences of the strategic alignment and IT capability separately. In contrast, the current study combines them by investigating the positive moderating effect of IT capability on the alignment between business strategy and service innovation strategy. Based on data collected from 183 service firms in Korea, we first explore the effect of service innovation strategies when coupled with different business strategies on better firm performance. We then investigate the moderating effect of IT capability on the relationship between strategic alignments and firm performance. Empirical evidence indicates that a synergistic effect between alignment and IT capability on firm performance exists. Firms that have aligned service innovation strategy with business strategy should consider improving their organizational IT capability to ensure substantial leverage.

Identifying Antecedents of Service Innovation: Based on Service-Dominant Logic and Resource-Advantage Theory (서비스 혁신의 선행요인에 관한 연구: 서비스 지배적 논리와 자원 우위 이론을 중심으로)

  • Ryu, Hyun-Sun;Han, Jin Young
    • Information Systems Review
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    • v.18 no.2
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    • pp.79-106
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    • 2016
  • Service innovation is one means of gaining an advantage in a highly competitive environment. Although numerous studies have stressed the importance of service innovation, traditional good-dominant logic is still used in service innovation literature. Furthermore, few studies have been conducted on the link between service innovation and its antecedents in terms of service-oriented approach. To fill the gap, this article theoretically and empirically examines service innovation and its antecedents and consequences. Based on service-dominant logic and resource advantage theory, the current study aims to understand the effect of antecedents on service innovation as well as to identify the effect of service innovation on firm performance (i.e., non-financial and financial performance). Three service innovation activities, namely service creation-focused innovation, service delivery-focused innovation, and customer interaction-focused innovation, and four antecedents of service innovation, including human resource management capability, collaboration capability, marketing capability, and information technology capability, are identified based on Den Hertog (2000)'s service innovation framework. By using the empirical data collected from 189 service firms in Korea, this study explores the causal relationship among antecedents, service innovation and firm performance. Findings indicate that human resource management and marketing capabilities influence the three types of service innovation, whereas collaboration and information technology capabilities have a significant effect on both service creation-focused innovation and service delivery-focused innovation. In particular, human resource management capability is strongly related to customer interaction-focused innovation. The three types of service innovation have a positive influence on non-financial performance, whereas service delivery-focused innovation and customer interaction-focused innovation positively influence financial performance. These results support the crucial effects of antecedents, such as human resource management, collaboration, marketing and information technology capabilities, on service innovation.

Modulating Effect of Orgnizational Culture on the Relationship between Personality and Incremental Innovation, and the Relationship between Incremental Innovation and Service Quality (개인적 특성과 점진적 혁신, 서비스 품질과의 관계 및 조직문화의 조절효과 : 서비스기업을 중심으로)

  • Ahn, Kwan-Young;Ahn, Byeong-Deok
    • Journal of the Society of Korea Industrial and Systems Engineering
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    • v.32 no.2
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    • pp.147-157
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    • 2009
  • This paper is to test the modulating effect of organizational culture on the relationship between personality and incremental innovation, and study of the relationship between incremental innovation and service Quality in service industry. Based on 507 data gathered in service companies in Korea, analysis results and showed that procedural, interactional, and innovative culture have affirmative relation with incremental innovation. Therefore innovative culture appeared to have some modulating effect on the relationship between personality and incremental innovation. And ana-lysis results of relationship between incremental innovation and service quality are followed; service innovation and process innovations showed positive effects except some operation innovations.

A User-centered Classification Framework for Digital Service Innovation : Case for Elderly Care Service

  • Lim, Hong-Tak;Han, Jeong-Won
    • International Journal of Contents
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    • v.14 no.1
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    • pp.7-11
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    • 2018
  • Digital technology has been changing everyday life of ordinary people let alone the structure of world industry. The elderly care service is also going through changes influenced by the unavoidable impact from torrents of digital technologies. There are numerous reports and news about the digital technologies increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of care service yet lacking systematic understanding of the sources of such improvement. This study aims to present a new classification framework for digital elderly care service innovation to fully utilize the power of digital technologies drawing on insights from innovation studies and service studies. First, 4 features of digital technologies are identified as sources of new value in service innovation. The co-creation of value by users and producers in service and technology development is discussed to illuminate users' contributions to service innovation. Communication of needs and ideas with producers and application of new technologies into everyday practice of life are identified as the source of new value which can be attributed to the elderly. Customization along with efficiency gains is the key to digital elderly care service innovation. The classification framework, thus, incorporates the needs of the elderly as one axis of criteria in the conventional technology-centered framework. The new classification framework would help give due weight to user-driven or demand-driven innovation in the elderly care service R&D activities.