nep-knm New Economics Papers
on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Economy
Issue of 2021‒05‒24
two papers chosen by
Laura Ştefănescu
Centrul European de Studii Manageriale în Administrarea Afacerilor

  1. The transformation of the defense innovation system: knowledge bases, disruptive technologies, and operational capabilities By Pierre Barbaroux
  2. Intangible Capital and Firm-Level Productivity – Evidence from Germany By Roth, Felix; Sen, Ali; Rammer, Christian

  1. By: Pierre Barbaroux (CReA - Centre de Recherche de l'École de l'air)
    Abstract: The forces that drive much of the transformation of Defense Innovation Systems are manifold. The economic structure and institutional organization supporting defense innovation have been altered by technological as well as political changes. Increasing competitive pressures, together with the growing complexity of knowledge and technology have also shaped how defense companies, military services and procurement agencies adapted their core business models, competences, and strategies in order to be capable of providing their customers with the innovative products and services they need. This contribution builds on a ISTE-Wiley edition's recently published book untitled Disruptive Technology and Defence Innovation Ecosystems ([BAR 19b]) that aimed at improving our understanding of the transformation of defense innovation systems, by focusing on three interrelated dimensions. The first dimension is concerned with changes affecting defense-related knowledge bases, in particular the development of dual-use knowledge and the increasing complexity of defense-related knowledge structures. The second dimension is related to technology itself with a particular emphasis on the disruptive impacts of certain technological trajectories emerging from the outside of traditional boundaries of the defense industrial base. The third dimension is connected to the evolution of military customers' doctrines and capabilities towards netcentricity and multi-domains command and control (C²), the latter having a structuring effect on defense innovation systems.
    Date: 2020–05–01
  2. By: Roth, Felix; Sen, Ali; Rammer, Christian
    Abstract: This paper analyses the impact of intangible capital on firm-level productivity for Germany using panel data from the Community Innovation Survey for the time period 2006 to 2018. Our paper presents three novel results. First, we find a highly significant positive relationship between intangible capital and firm-level productivity with elasticities overall in line with previous findings reported for other large EU economies. Second, our results show that both manufacturing and services are highly intangible-capital intensive, and that intangibles have a greater impact on firm-level productivity in services - particular in the business services sector. Third, our results show that intangible capital investments in German firms are equal to investments in tangible capital since the early 2000s. Overall, the evidence presented in our paper indicates that Germany - in line with other advanced economies - has undergone a structural transition into a knowledge economy in which intangibles act as an important driver of firm-level productivity.
    Keywords: Intangible capital,firm-level productivity,panel data,Germany
    JEL: D24 O30 L22 C33
    Date: 2021

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