, Volume 101, Issue 1, pp 705–716 | Cite as

Does inertia matter for parts manufacturers’ innovation?

  • Shue Wu
  • Zhenlei Huang
  • Weizhou Zhong


The current study investigates parts manufacturers’ innovative behavior from the population ecology perspective. Specifically, this paper proposes that firm level inertia and network level inertia matter in parts manufacturer’s innovation. Using data from auto parts manufacturers, we test four hypotheses, and the results show that firm level inertia indicated by age does not matter, while firm’s innovative inertia matters in parts manufacturers’ innovation. At the same time, we find that cluster can promote general parts firms’ innovation, but they will harm the innovative firms’ innovative behavior. These results contribute to our understanding of parts manufacturer’s innovation.


Parts manufacturers Inertia Innovation Population ecology 

JEL Classification

C81 D21 L62 



The paper is a stage result of the project of Financial support from National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 71172184 and No. 70872088) and is also supported by the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education (No. 20100201110064). The authors are grateful to the Editor and the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments, suggestions and help.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Economics and FinanceXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Strategic Management, Guanghua School of ManagementPeking UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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