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Inter-organizational trust on financial performance: Proposing innovation as a mediating variable to sustain in a disruptive era

Oláh, J., Hidayat, Y.A., Dacko-Pikiewicz, Z., Hasan, M.ORCID: 0000-0001-9857-9265 and Popp, J. (2021) Inter-organizational trust on financial performance: Proposing innovation as a mediating variable to sustain in a disruptive era. Sustainability, 13 (17). Article 9947.

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Abstract

Hungarian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies have an essential role to play in a disruptive era. ICT firms should collaborate and innovate to obtain profit. The elusive correlation between trust in business partners and financial performance inspired this study, which proposed innovation as a mediating variable. The research had two objectives: to investigate the effect of inter-organizational trust on financial performance and innovation and to observe the role of innovation in improving financial performance within different categories of ICT companies. The population included active Hungarian ICT firms. The analysis used 100 samples, comprising micro-, small-, and medium-sized ICT corporations. Those samples were selected by random cluster sampling. This research used Partial Least Square Structural Equation Modelling. This study supported the idea that inter-organizational trust improved innovation, and that innovation enhanced financial performance. As an expected finding, innovation could mediate a positive direction between inter-organizational trust and financial performance.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: MDPI
Copyright: © 2021 by the authors
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/63979
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