Diversified Network Effects on Innovation Performance in Tanzania: Innovation Strategy in Service Firms

Frida Thomas Pacho


The study examined the issue of innovation with a focus on innovative diversified network in Tanzania service firms. The study aim was to assess the effect of diversified network which regarded as innovation strategy in firm’s innovation performance. By empirically tested network variables named collaboration, information exploration and exploitation and technology acquisition. The regression results indicated information exploration and exploitation to be highly significant network over collaboration and technical acquisition in service firms in Tanzania. This imply that the service firms in Tanzania are tend to rely on information exploitation and exploration network compared to other networks such as collaboration and technology acquisition. The study made contribution to the literature regarding innovation in developing countries in service firms, non-patentable innovative firms in particular.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jebi.v5i1.12634


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