Absorptive capacity and post-acquisition inventor productivity


Hussinger, Katrin


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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/3019
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-30192
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2010
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: O30 O32 G34 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Übernahme , Erfindung , Produktivität , Innovationsmanagement , Wissenschaftstransfer , Schätzung
Keywords (English): M&As , absorptive capacity , inventor productivity
Abstract: Inventors often experience a low productivity after their company has been subject to a merger or acquisition (M&As). It is of central managerial interest to identify factors facilitating the integration of new inventive staff and thereby counteracting innovation declines after M&As. This paper provides empirical evidence into the role of acquiring firms’ absorptive capacity for the post-merger patent productivity of the acquired inventors. Based on a sample of 544 inventors employed by European acquisition targets in the period 2000-2001 it is shown that the post-merger productivity of acquired inventors is significantly higher within acquiring firms with a distinct absorptive capacity. It can be concluded that absorptive capacity is a firm capability that enhances the integration of inventors after firm takeovers.
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