CO-Evolution Between CCC-Driven Cash Flow Management and Transformation of R&D : Amazon’S Endeavor
Tou, Y., Watanabe, C., & Neittaanmäki, P. (2019). CO-Evolution Between CCC-Driven Cash Flow Management and Transformation of R&D : Amazon’S Endeavor. International Journal of Managing Information Technology, 11(3), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.5121/ijmit.2019.11301
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Amazon became the world R&D leader in 2017 by rapidly increasing R&D investment. The company’s extremely large amount of R&D funds is the result of an ample free cash flow generated by sophisticated cash conversion cycle (CCC) management. Increased R&D induced business advancement and lean cost structure construction leading to further increase in cash flow which has stimulated interaction between vendors, customers, and Amazon via the Amazon marketplace. Activated interaction accelerated CCC advancement, a subsequent free cash flow increase, and user-driven innovation, thus accelerated the transformation of routine and periodic alteration activities into significant improvement simultaneously. All of these components function together as a consolidated sophisticated machine. In light of the increasing concern to R&D resources development without the dilemma of a productivity decline that most digital economies are now confronting, this paper demonstrated the above hypothetical view. An intensive empirical analysis focusing on the development trajectory of Amazon’s techno-financing system over a period from 1997 to 2018 was conducted. An insightful suggestion to neo open innovation that fuses financing management and R&D management was thus provided. ...
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Strategic research programmes, AoF
Additional information about fundingThe research leading to these results is the part of a project: Platform Value Now: Value capturing in the fast emerging platform ecosystems, supported by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland [grant number 293446].
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