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


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.

Divisions: Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
Aston Business School
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Published Date: 2016-02-25
Authors: Roper, Stephen
Becker, Bettina ( 0000-0002-7435-7374)
Love, James
Bonner, Karen

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