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Title:Absorptive Capacity: One Size Fits All? Firm-level Analysis of Absorptive Capacity for Different Kinds of Knowledge PDF Logo
Authors:Schmidt, Tobias
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 05-72
Abstract:The paper empirically analyses the effect of R&D activities, human resource and knowledge management, and the organisation of knowledge sharing within a firm on the absorptive capacity of innovative firms for three different types of knowledge, namely absorptive capacity to use knowledge from a firm?s own industry, knowledge from other industries and knowledge from research institutions. Using data from the German innovation survey we investigate how firms are able to exploit knowledge from external partners for successful innovation activities. The estimation results show that the determinants of absorptive capacity differ with respect to the type of knowledge absorbed for innovation activities. In particular we find that the R&D intensity does not significantly influence absorptive capacity for intra- and inter-industry knowledge. Additionally, our results suggest that absorptive capacity is path-dependent and firms can influence their ability to exploit external knowledge by encouraging individuals? involvement in a firm?s innovation projects.
Subjects:absorptive capacity
R&D
innovation management
innovation survey
JEL:D83
L20
O30
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ZEW Discussion Papers
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