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Publication: Journal of Forest Products Business Research
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Reference ID: Volume 5, Article No. 5
Publish Year: 2008
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Title: Measuring Firm Innovativeness: Development and Refinement of a New Scale
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Firm innovativeness is the propensity of firms to create and/or adopt new products, processes, and business systems. Previous research has consistently shown firm innovativeness to be a driver of firm growth and critical for maintaining competitiveness. While previous research has acknowledged the importance of innovativeness, a valid and reliable scale for measuring firm innovativeness does
not exist. The purpose of this study was to develop a new scale for measuring innovativeness, specific to the forest products industry through a systematic and structured scale development process. A new innovativeness scale will provide researchers with a systematic method for evaluating the connection between innovativeness and firm performance. This paper discusses all of the stages of the
scale development process including the theoretical development of the scale, initial item generation, and an overview of the two-stage study in the North American softwood sawmilling which was used to refine the scale. Finally , the reliability and validity of the new scale is assessed.

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