Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/24645
Authors: 
Grimpe, Christoph
Sofka, Wolfgang
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 07-062
Abstract: 
Searching for externally available knowledge has been characterised as a vital part of the innovation process. Previous research has, however, almost exclusively focused on hightechnology environments, largely ignoring the substantial low- and medium-technology sectors of modern economies. We argue that low- and high-technology firms differ in their search patterns and that these moderate the relationship between innovation inputs and outputs. Based on a sample of 4,500 firms from 13 European countries we find that search patterns in low-technology industries focus on market knowledge while they are built around differences in technology sourcing activities for high-technology industries.
Subjects: 
Absorptive capacity
search strategies
low-
medium- and high-technology sectors
open innovation
JEL: 
O32
L60
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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