Technological Diversification: A Systematic Review of Antecedents, Outcomes and Moderating Effects

René Ceipek, Julia Hautz, Michael C.J. Mayer, Kurt Matzler

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Technological diversification has been linked to a wide range of phenomena, including financial performance, innovation, product diversification and inter-organizational relationships. This is the first systematic review of this literature and provides an overview of its historical development and conceptual foundations. It finds that the role of contingency factors impacting the positive relationship between technological diversification and financial performance needs further exploration. Also, it finds that the research on the links between technological diversification and inter-organizational relationships requires consolidation. This paper suggests three avenues for further research. First, it sets out an agenda for identifying the antecedents of technological diversification. Second, it identifies contextual factors that could shape the relationship between technological diversification and performance. Third, it argues that technological diversification research must engage with contemporary technological and organizational developments such as digital organizations, open boundaries and networks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-497
Number of pages32
JournalInternational Journal of Management Reviews
Issue number4
Early online date9 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Decision Sciences
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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