Firms’ innovation objectives and knowledge acquisition strategies: a comparative analysis

Stephen Roper, Bettina Becker, James Love, Karen Bonner

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Abstract

External partnerships play an important role in firms’ acquisition of the knowledge inputs to innovation. Such partnerships may be interactive – involving exploration and mutual learning by both parties – or non-interactive – involving exploitative activity and learning by only one party. Examples of non-interactive partnerships are copying or imitation. Here, we consider how firms’ innovation objectives influence their choice of interactive and/or non-interactive connections. We conduct a comparative analysis for the economies of Spain and the UK, which have contrasting innovation eco-systems and regulation burdens.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEnterprise Research Centre
Number of pages50
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2016

Publication series

NameERC Research Paper
No.38

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