Search patterns and absorptive capacity : a comparison of low- and high-technology firms from thirteen European countries


Grimpe, Christoph ; Sofka, Wolfgang


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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/1765
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-17653
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2007
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: O32 L60 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Informationsverhalten , Wissen , Innovationsmanagement , Spitzentechnologie , Vergleich , Europäische Union
Keywords (English): Absorptive capacity , search strategies , low-, medium- and high-technology sectors , open innovation
Abstract: Searching for externally available knowledge has been characterised as a vital part of the innovation process. Previous research has, however, almost exclusively focused on hightechnology environments, largely ignoring the substantial low- and medium-technology sectors of modern economies. We argue that low- and high-technology firms differ in their search patterns and that these moderate the relationship between innovation inputs and outputs. Based on a sample of 4,500 firms from 13 European countries we find that search patterns in low-technology industries focus on market knowledge while they are built around differences in technology sourcing activities for high-technology industries.
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