nep-knm New Economics Papers
on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Economy
Issue of 2010‒07‒03
three papers chosen by
Laura Stefanescu
European Research Centre of Managerial Studies in Business Administration

  1. R&D alliances, knowledge flows, and innovation: three studies on the value of collaborative R&D. By Frankort, Johannes Theresia Wilhelmus
  2. The role of learning in innovation: in-house versus externally contracted R&D experience By Pilar Beneito López; Amparo Sanchis Llopis; María Engracia Rochina Barrachina
  3. Growth, Structural Change And Technological Capabilities Latin America In A Comparative Perspective By Cimoli, Mario; Holland, Márcio; Porcile, Gabriel; Primi, Annalisa; Vergara, Sebastián

  1. By: Frankort, Johannes Theresia Wilhelmus (Maastricht University)
    Date: 2010
  2. By: Pilar Beneito López (Universitat de València); Amparo Sanchis Llopis (Universitat de València); María Engracia Rochina Barrachina (Universitat de València)
    Abstract: En este trabajo se analiza el papel del aprendizaje en el éxito innovador de las empresas, tomando en consideración la naturaleza heterogénea de las actividades innovadoras, y en particular, distinguiendo entre el aprendizaje que proviene de la realización interna de actividades de I+D y el aprendizaje que proviene de la contratación externa de estas actividades. Para este trabajo se utiliza una muestra representativa de empresas manufactureras en España durante el período 1990-2006, y dentro del marco de una función de producción de innovaciones, se estiman modelos ¿count¿ con el fin de investigar la influencia que tiene en la obtención de resultados innovadores la experiencia que proviene de la I+D realizada dentro de la empresa y de la contratada externamente. Nuestros resultados muestran que el aprendizaje tiene un papel importante en la obtención de innovaciones de producto cuando las empresas organizan sus actividades de I+D internamente, y que la experiencia que proviene de la contratación externa de actividades de I+D no influye sobre el número de innovaciones de producto. This paper analyses the role of learning in firms¿ innovation success, taking into account the heterogeneous nature of innovation activities, and in particular, distinguishing between learning arising from the internal organization of R&D activities and learning from externally contracting these activities. We use a representative sample of Spanish manufacturing firms for the period 1990-2006, and within an innovation production function approach, we estimate count data models to investigate the influence of firms¿ in-house and externally contracted R&D experience in the achievement of innovative results. Our results show that learning is important in the achievement of product innovations when the firms organize R&D activities internally, and that experience from externally contracted R&D activities does not influence the number of product innovations.
    Keywords: innovation, accumulation of knowledge, in-house R&D experience, externally contracted R&D experience, count data models. innovación, acumulación de conocimiento, experiencia en I+D interna, experiencia en I+D contratada externamente, modelos para datos ¿count¿.
    JEL: O30 O34 C23 C10
    Date: 2009–10
  3. By: Cimoli, Mario; Holland, Márcio; Porcile, Gabriel; Primi, Annalisa; Vergara, Sebastián
    Abstract: Countries differ in terms of technological capabilities and complexity of production structures.According to that, countries may follow different development strategies: one based onextracting rents from abundant endowments, such as labor or natural resources, and the otherfocused on creating rents through intangibles, basically innovation and knowledgeaccumulation. The present article studies international convergence and divergence, linkingstructural change with trade and growth through a North South Ricardian model. The analysisfocuses on the asymmetries between Latin America and mature and catching up economies.Empirical evidence supports that a shift in the composition of the production structure in favorof R&D intensive sectors allows achieving higher rates of growth in the long term andincreases the capacity to respond to demand changes. A virtuous export-led growth requireslaggard countries to reduce the technological gap with respect to more advanced ones. Hence,abundance of factor endowments requires to be matched with technological capabilitiesdevelopment for countries to converge in the long term.
    Date: 2010–06–16

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