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A multinational investigation of softwood sawmilling innovativeness

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Abstract:

Softwood sawmilling is important to the economy of many nations and huge volumes of softwood lumber are produced annually. Accordingly, the economic success of softwood sawmills, as they compete with substitutes such as steel and concrete, is of interest to various industry stakeholders, especially managers, and researchers. Given the strong connection between innovativeness and firm performance in the literature, this study investigates innovativeness in sawmills in Australia, Canada, Chile, Norway, and the USA. Mail surveys were used in each of the countries to collect data regarding product, process, and business systems innovativeness and firm performance. Findings suggest that sawmills focus equally on product and process innovativeness, firm size positively impacts innovativeness, and that overall, process innovativeness is what drives firm performance in this sector. Findings suggest that managers should focus on being innovative since this positively impacts firm performance.

Keywords: Firm performance; firm size; innovation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02827581.2011.553198

Affiliations: 1: Department of Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA 2: Department of Forest Technology and Economics, Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Norway 3: Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australia National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia 4: Markets & Economics Group, FPInnovations - Forintek Division, Vancouver, BC, Canada 5: Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Bio Bio, Concepcion, Chile

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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