Enhancing competitive advantage in Hong Kong higher education: Linking knowledge sharing, absorptive capacity and innovation capability

Man Fung LO, Feng TIAN

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Abstract

This study aims to investigate the relationship between knowledge sharing, absorptive capacity, innovation capability and competitive advantage in Hong Kong Higher Education Industry. A theoretical framework was developed to examine the relationship between knowledge sharing and competitive advantage, mediated by absorptive capacity and innovation capability. A questionnaire was used to survey a randomly selected sample of academics from higher education institutions in Hong Kong. A total of 166 usable responses were received and analysed. PLS‐SEM was utilised to test the hypotheses in the theoretical model. The result exhibits that significant positive relationships were identified between knowledge sharing and absorptive capacity, between absorptive capacity and innovation capability and between innovation capability and competitive advantage. Practically, senior management from higher education institutions should develop strategic measures, especially on knowledge sharing, absorptive capacity and innovation capability, in order to gain competitive advantage. Policymakers could also develop policies to facilitate knowledge sharing among local and regional higher education institutions. This study contributes to existing literature by identifying the significant mediating role of absorptive capacity in the linkage between knowledge sharing and innovation capability and by strengthening the positive association between innovation capability and competitive advantage. 
本研究旨在探討香港高等教育界的知識共用,吸收能力,創新能力和競爭優勢之間的關係。本文建立了一個理論框架,以研究吸收能力和創新能力為仲介的知識共用與競爭優勢之間的關係。並以問卷調查的方式收到來自香港高等教育機構的隨機抽取的166份有效問卷。透過PLS-SEM的方法分析檢驗理論模型中的假設,研究結果表明:知識共用與吸收能力之間,吸收能力與創新能力之間,創新能力與競爭優勢之間存在顯著的正向影響關係。本研究提出實踐中的啟示:高等教育機構的高級管理人員應在知識共用,吸收能力和創新能力方面指定戰略設施以獲得競爭優勢。政策制定者還可以制定政策,以促進地方和區域高等教育機構之間的知識共用。這項研究同時確定吸收能力在知識共用與創新能力之間的重要仲介作用,以及通過加強創新能力與競爭優勢之間的正向影響關係,為現有文獻做出了貢獻。 Copyright © 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHigher Education Quarterly
Early online dateDec 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Dec 2019

Citation

Lo, M. F., & Tian, F. (2019). Enhancing competitive advantage in Hong Kong higher education: Linking knowledge sharing, absorptive capacity and innovation capability. Higher Education Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/hequ.12244

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