nep-knm New Economics Papers
on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Economy
Issue of 2010‒10‒30
two papers chosen by
Laura Stefanescu
European Research Centre of Managerial Studies in Business Administration

  2. Does history matter for the relationship between R&D, Innovation and Productivity? By Elena Huergo; Lourdes Moreno

  1. By: M.-J. Avenier (CERAG - Centre d'études et de recherches appliquées à la gestion - CNRS : UMR5820 - Université Pierre Mendès-France - Grenoble II); J. Bartunek (department organization Studies - Boston College)
    Abstract: This article aims at advancing the still on-going conversations about the so-called research/practice gap. Some academics argue that it is not possible to develop knowledge that is both academically valuable and helpful for practice, while others hold the opposite view, justifying it on the basis of works published in top tier journals. The paper argues that the main reason scholars hold such contradictory views on this topic central to management science is the lack of explicitness of a number of founding assumptions which underlie their discourses, in particular the lack of explicitness of the epistemological framework in which the parties' arguments are anchored. The paper presents methodological guidelines for elaborating scientific knowledge both from and for practice, and illustrates how to use these guidelines on examples from a published longitudinal research project. In order to avoid the lack of explicitness pitfall, the paper specifies scientific and epistemological frameworks in which the knowledge elaborated in this methodological approach, when properly justified, can be considered as legitimate scientific knowledge.
    Keywords: collaborative research ; constructivist epistemological paradigm ; sciences of the artificial ; organizational design science; rigor; actionability
    Date: 2010
  2. By: Elena Huergo; Lourdes Moreno
    Abstract: This paper analyzes the relationship between R&D expenditures, innovation and productivity growth, taking into account the possibility of persistence in firms’ behaviour. We study this relationship for a sample of Spanish manufacturing firms between 1990 and 2005, estimating a model with four equations: participation in technological activities, R&D intensity, the generation of innovations and the impact of these technological outputs on total factor productivity growth. Our results reflect the existence of true state dependence both in the decision of R&D investment and in the production of innovations. The omission of this persistence leads to an overestimation of the current impact of innovations on productivity growth. However, the presence of persistence in technological inputs and outputs entails current R&D activities having long–run effects on a firm’s productivity.
    Keywords: CDM model, productivity growth, persistence in R&D and innovation.
    JEL: D24 L6 O3
    Date: 2010–10–21

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