Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/70043
Authors: 
Becker, Wolfgang
Peters, Jürgen
Year of Publication: 
2000
Series/Report no.: 
Volkswirtschaftliche Diskussionsreihe, Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre der Universität Augsburg 195
Abstract: 
The aim of this paper is to analyze the effects of technological opportunities on the innovation activities of firms, depending on their absorptive capacities. The importance and impacts of the ability of firms to use external knowledge sources were inquired especially for external knowledge stemming from scientific research. Using a simple theoretic model, different innovation effects were empirically outlined for the German manufacturing industry for the first time. On the innovation input side, the effects of science-related technological opportunities in combination with absorptive capacities variables are stronger on the intensities as in the estimations without such proxies. Further, the innovation output of firms is positively influenced by the ability to adapt external knowledge efficiently. Firms in the German manufacturing industry with inhouse absorptive capacities and a high importance of scientific knowledge are characterized by higher sales shares of new and improved products and higher probabilities of patent registrations than other firms.
Subjects: 
Technological Opportunities
Absorptive Capacities
Innovation
Scientific Knowledge
JEL: 
O31
I20
L20
L60
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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