nep-knm New Economics Papers
on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Economy
Issue of 2012‒09‒16
five papers chosen by
Laura Stefanescu
European Research Centre of Managerial Studies in Business Administration

  1. The mechanisms underlying the territorial innovation dynamics: the role of architectural knowledge By Rani Jeanne Dang; Catherine Thomas
  2. Impact on firms of the use of knowledge providers: a systematic review of the literature By Vivas-Augier, Carlos; Barge-Gil, Andrés
  3. Pairwise Mutual Knowledge and Correlated Rationalizability By Tsakas Elias
  4. Perpetual leapfrogging in international competition By Furukawa, Yuichi
  5. Actions driving and legitimizing radical innovations in a large firm By Johansson Magnus; Rani Jeanne Dang; Rick Middel

  1. By: Rani Jeanne Dang (GREDEG - Groupe de Recherche en Droit, Economie et Gestion - CNRS : UMR7321 - Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS), IIE - Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Université de Gothenburg, Suède - Université de Gothenburg, Suède); Catherine Thomas (GREDEG - Groupe de Recherche en Droit, Economie et Gestion - CNRS : UMR7321 - Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS))
    Abstract: This paper examines the mechanisms underlying territorial dynamics of inter-organizational innovation, focusing specifically on the combinative capabilities of clusters. We analyse the front-end process of inter-organizational innovation, which is the stage when partners negotiate and establish Collaborative localised innovation projects (CLIPs). While most research focus on how clusters facilitate access to new knowledge, this paper rather focuses on how clusters facilitate the combination of knowledge among heterogeneous actors. We apply a qualitative methodology based on an exploratory case study research design to two high-tech clusters in the microelectronics and information and communication technology sectors. Our findings suggest that a specific underlying mechanism significantly influence knowledge creation through successful CLIPs that is: architectural knowledge at the cluster level. The results also precise the role of architectural knowledge, which varies depending on whether it is technical, relational or commercial, and on its distribution among the actors, involved. The combination of the results helped elaborating a model of successful integration of cluster members' into CLIPs, which contribute to research developments on inter-organizational innovation.
    Keywords: Cluster, Knowledge Base, Interactive Innovation, Collaborative R&D Project, Architectural Knowledge
    Date: 2012–04–25
  2. By: Vivas-Augier, Carlos; Barge-Gil, Andrés
    Abstract: This study summarizes the main conclusions from a systematic review of the empirical literature regarding the impact on firms of the use of knowledge providers, including universities, technology institutes or knowledge intensive business firms. We use a criteria to classify the literature according to the research question addressed: (i) Which firms use knowledge providers?; (ii) Do firms using them achieve better results?; (iii) Which firms benefit more from using knowledge providers? Stylized facts are that larger, more R&D intensive and high tech firms are more likely to use knowledge providers and that use of knowledge providers is associated to firms higher technical results. Less attention has been paid to the third question so that no stylized facts can be developed on it. Three important recommendations for future research emerge. First, to pay more attention to methodological issues, such as sample selection and endogeneity, which may potentially bias the results. Second, to develop comparative analysis of the differential features of different knowledge providers. Third, to take depth and breadth of collaborations into account.
    Keywords: Impact Assessment; Firms; Knowledge Providers; Collaboration; Innovation; R&D; Industry; Literature Review
    JEL: O30 I20 L10
    Date: 2012–07–08
  3. By: Tsakas Elias (METEOR)
    Abstract: We provide epistemic conditions for correlated rationalizability, which are considerably weakerthan the ones by Zambrano (2008). More specifically, we simultaneously replace mutual knowledge ofrationality and mutual knowledge of the event that every player deems possible only strategyprofiles that belong to the support of her actual conjecture, with strictly weaker epistemicconditions of pairwise mutual knowledge of these events.Moreover, we show that our epistemic foundation for correlated rationalizability does not implymutual knowledge of rationality.
    Keywords: microeconomics ;
    Date: 2012
  4. By: Furukawa, Yuichi
    Abstract: Technological leadership has shifted at various times from one country to another. This analysis proposes a mechanism that endogenously explains this perpetual cycle of technological leapfrogging by incorporating international knowledge spillovers into a two-country dynamic model of innovation with the dynamic optimization of an infinitely-lived consumer. In the model, innovation productivity in each country endogenously increases over time because of domestic learning-by-doing and learning from foreign capital. The analysis shows that if international spillovers through learning from foreign capital are sufficiently large, technological leadership may first shift from one country to another, and then perpetually alternate between the two countries.
    Keywords: Perpetual leapfrogging; innovation; spillovers
    JEL: E32 O41 F12 F43
    Date: 2012–06
  5. By: Johansson Magnus (IIE - Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Université de Gothenburg, Suède - Université de Gothenburg, Suède); Rani Jeanne Dang (GREDEG - Groupe de Recherche en Droit, Economie et Gestion - CNRS : UMR7321 - Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS)); Rick Middel (IIE - Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Université de Gothenburg, Suède - Université de Gothenburg, Suède)
    Abstract: In a longitudinal real time case study over 14 months, we follow the process of radical innovation in an incumbent Swedish firm. Applying institutional theory and the concept of legitimacy, we try to shed new light on the firm process of developing and implementing radical ideas. We deconstruct the black box of individual actions undertaken in the process and trace the effect of these actions on the development and legitimacy for the radical idea. We find that when an idea lack top management support and the process of innovation are interrupted, lower level employees' action can have a defining impact of the survival. In the literature there is a perceived need for a consistent view on how to organize the bottom up processes of innovation within a firm. Emerging from the qualitative grounded analysis we thus formalize these actions undertaken in a radical innovation process.
    Keywords: Legitimacy, Radical Innovation, Actions
    Date: 2012–04–25

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