Skip to main content
  • Research Article
  • Published:

A technological innovation model based on resource integration

A case study of Shenhua


This paper proposes a model of network innovation based on resource integration drawing upon relevant literature on technology innovation. Through a case study of China Shenhua Energy Company Limited (Shenhua), it finds that in a high-velocity environment, technological innovation in enterprises becomes more external-oriented and network-oriented. The innovation patterns used in Shenhua mainly include hub and spoke innovation, chain innovation, and aggregation innovation. The adoption of these innovation patterns greatly enhances Shenhua’s innovation performance under the moderation of management mechanism of integrating internal and external resources.


通过综述国内外与技术创新相关的理论, 构建了基于资源整合的技术创新模式, 并应用对神华集团的单案例研究方法, 验证了该理论模式轮式辐射、 链式集成和群式聚合的创新网络, 在整合内外资源的맜理体制协调下提升直接或间接的创新绩效。 该模式既充实了传统的技术创新理论, 也为大型国有企业的技术创新实践提供了启示。


  • Capon N, Glazer R(1987). Marketing and technology: A strategic coalignment. Journal of Marketing, 51(3): 1–14

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Chatterji D(1996). Accessing external sources of technology. Research Technology Management, 39(2), 48–56

  • Cohen W M, Levin R C(1990). Absorptive capability: A new perspective on learning and innovation. Administration Science Quarterly, 35(1): 128–152

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professional(2006). Supply Chain Management / Logistics Management Definitions.

  • David J T(2007). Explicating dynamic capabilities: The nature and microfoundations of (sustainable) enterprise performance. Strategic Management Journal, 28: 1319–1350

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • De la Mothe J, Paquet G(1998). Local and Regional System of Innovation. Norwell. MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers

    Google Scholar 

  • Ding Juan(2002). Evolution of innovation theory. Modern Economy Investigation, (6): 27–29 (in Chinese)

  • Dodgson M, Gann D M, Salter A J(2002). The intensification of innovation. International Journal of Innovation Management, 6(1): 53–83

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Duysters G, Hagedoorn J(2000). Core competencies and company performance in the worldwide computer industry. Journal of High Technology Management Research, 11(1): 75–91

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Dyer W G Jr, Wilkens A L(1991). Better stories, not better constructs, to generate better theory: A rejoinder to Eisenhardt. Academy of Management Review, 16(3): 613–619

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Edquist C(1997). Systems of Innovation. London: Printer

  • Eisenhardt K E, Martin J A(2000). Dynamic capabilities: What are they? Strategic Management Journal, 21: 1105–1121

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Esienhardt K M(1989). Building theories from case study research. Academy of Management Review, 14(4): 532–550

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Fleming L, Sorenson O(2003). Navigating the technology landscape of innovation. MIT Sloan Management Review, 44(2): 15–23

    Google Scholar 

  • Freeman C(1974). The Economics of Industrial Innovation. Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin Books

  • Freeman C(1991). Networks of innovators: A synthesis of research issues. Research Policy, 20: 499–514

    Google Scholar 

  • Granstrand O, Bohlin E, Oskarsson C(1992). External technology acquisition in large multi-technology corporations. R&D Management, 22(2): 111–133

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Halfat C, Finkelstein S, Mitchell W, Peteraf M A, Singh H, Teece D J(2007). Dynamic Capabilities: Understanding Strategic Change in Organizations. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, Winter SG

    Google Scholar 

  • Huang Rucheng(2004). Innovation community and its characteristics. Scientific Management Investigation, (8): 4–6 (in Chinese)

  • Huber G P(1991). Organizational learning: The contributing processes and a review of literatures. Organization Science, 2(1): 88–117

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Iansiti M, West J(1997). Technology integration: Turning great research into great products. Harvard Business Review, 75(3): 69–80

    Google Scholar 

  • Janszen, F(2002). Innovation: Successful Model in Network Era (Translated by Lei Hua and Ma Lewei). Kunming: Yunan University Press (in Chinese)

  • Jonash R(1996). Strategic technology leveraging: Making outsourcing for you. Research Technology Management, 39(2): 19–25

    Google Scholar 

  • Kamien M, Schwartz N(1975). Market structure and innovation. Journal of Economic Literature. 23(1): 1–37

    Google Scholar 

  • Kline S, Rosenberg N(1986). An overview of innovation. In: The Positive Sum Strategy, Landau, R. & Rosenberg, N. (eds.). Washington: National Academy Press

    Google Scholar 

  • March J G, Simon H A(1958). Organizations. Wiley: New York

    Google Scholar 

  • Nelson R R(1982). An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change. Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, Winter SG

    Google Scholar 

  • Nelson R(1993). National Innovation Systems: A Comparative Analysis. New York: Oxford University Press

  • Noori H(1990). Managing the Dynamics of New Technology. New Jersey: Prentice Hall

  • Robert K Y(2003). Case Study Research: Design and Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

    Google Scholar 

  • Rothwell R, Zegveld W(1985). Reindustrialization and Technology. London: Longman

    Google Scholar 

  • Schumpeter J A(1990). The Theory of Economic Development. Beijing: Commercial Press, 73–74 (in Chinese)

    Google Scholar 

  • Steinmueller W E(2000). Will new information and communication technologies improve the “codification” of knowledge? Industrial and Corporate Change, (9): 361–376

  • Tsai K H, Wang J C(2005). External technology acquisition and firm performance: A longitudinal study. Journal of Business Venturing, (7): 91–112

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Hua Song.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Yi, Z., Gu, D., Song, H. et al. A technological innovation model based on resource integration. Front. Bus. Res. China 2, 397–416 (2008).

Download citation

  • Received:

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: