Relationship between organizational slack and innovation in companies of BM&FBovespa

Eduardo Vinícius Bassi Murro, Guilherme Bittencourt Teixeira, Ilse Maria Beuren, Luciano Márcio Scherer, Gerlando Augusto Sampaio Franco De Lima

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Purpose: The goal of this study is to identify the relationship of absorbed, non-absorbed and potential slack with the innovation of companies of sectors members of the sectoral ranking of innovation in the Brazilian Index of Innovation (IBI) listed in BM&FBovespa. Originality/gap/relevance/implications: Organizational slack and innovation have been objects of study internationally, but still represent a research gap in Brazil. Also there were not identified studies using the intangible asset to measure innovation and the possible relations with the organizational slack measures. This theme can also support the strategic activities of organizations, such as contributing to the creation of competitive advantage. Key methodological aspects: Descriptive research with quantitative approach was carried out using financial data of 208 companies listed in BM&FBovespa classified as innovative according to the Index Brazil of Innovation. Information regarding intangible assets, used as metrics to measure the innovation, was collected from the Notes; and the data to calculate the measures of organizational slack were collected from Economática® database. Summary of key results: In the application of the panel data model, the results demonstrate a significant relationship between organizational slack and innovation. The potential and absorbed slacks impact significantly and positively the innovative process. Non-absorbed slack influences positively, but with relatively smaller impact compared to other measures. Key considerations/conclusions: It is concluded that the results indicate a relationship in greater degree of absorbed and potential slack and to a lesser degree of non-absorbed slack with the innovation of the companies surveyed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-157
Number of pages26
JournalRevista de Administracao Mackenzie
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Absorbed slack
  • Innovation
  • Intangible
  • Non-absorbed slack
  • Potential slack

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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