The power of individual-level drivers of inventive performance


Zwick, Thomas ; Frosch, Katharina ; Hoisl, Karin ; Harhoff, Dietmar


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/40163
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-401637
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2015
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 15-080
Place of publication: Mannheim
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: J24 , M54 , O31 , O32,
Keywords (English): Inventive performance , individual drivers , patent history , survey
Abstract: Based on an established theoretical framework of the drivers of inventive performance, the so-called KSAO (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other) factors, this paper seeks to explain empirically the performance of inventors throughout their careers. We combine survey information spanning the inventors’ entire careers and psychometric test evidence, with patent history data for more than 1,000 inventors. We also control for variables that have traditionally been included in estimations of inventive performance such as inventor age and a broad list of applicant institution-, technology-, patent-, and period-related information. We show that educational level, skills acquired during the career, personality traits, career motivations, cognitive abilities, and cognitive problem-solving style are significantly related to inventive performance.

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Zwick, Thomas ; Frosch, Katharina ; Hoisl, Karin ; Harhoff, Dietmar (2015) The power of individual-level drivers of inventive performance. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 15-080 [Working paper]
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