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Assessing innovativeness in the North American softwood sawmilling industry using three methods

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dc.creator Knowles, Christopher David
dc.creator Hansen, Eric
dc.creator Shook, Steven R.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-04T17:41:56Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-04T17:41:56Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Knowles, Chris, Eric Hansen, and Steven R. Shook. 2008. Assessing innovativeness in the North American softwood sawmilling industry using three methods. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 38: 363-375. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/13765
dc.description.abstract Using a mail questionnaire targeted 500 softwood sawmills in the United States and Canada, firm innovativeness was assessed using three methods: (1) current technology, (2) self-evaluation, and (3) a new scale -- the propensity to create and adopt scale. The results of the these three methods were then compared to assess the performance of each method. Additionally, the relationship between firm innovativeness and financial performance was examined. Based on responses from 85 sawmills (19% adjusted response rate), the results show that both the self-evaluated and the propensity to create and adopt measures differentiate between mills with high and low levels of innovativeness. The composite of the propensity to create and adopt scale shows a higher reliability (Chronbach's alpha = 0.97) than the self-evaluated scale (Chronbach's alpha = 0.68). Significant relationships between sawmill performance and each of the three measures of innovativeness were seen, with the propensity to create and adopt scale are generally having the strongest positive relationships. Current technology was significantly related to sales growth, but not gross profit. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher NRC Canada en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Canadian Journal of Forest Research en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vol. 38 (2008) en
dc.title Assessing innovativeness in the North American softwood sawmilling industry using three methods en
dc.type Article en


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