Learning from openness:the dynamics of breadth in external innovation linkages


We explore how openness in terms of external linkages generates learning effects, which enable firms to generate more innovation outputs from any given breadth of external linkages. Openness to external knowledge sources, whether through search activity or linkages to external partners in new product development, involves a process of interaction and information processing. Such activities are likely to be subject to a learning process, as firms learn which knowledge sources and collaborative linkages are most useful to their particular needs, and which partnerships are most effective in delivering innovation performance. Using panel data from Irish manufacturing plants, we find evidence of such learning effects: establishments with substantial experience of external collaborations in previous periods derive more innovation output from openness in the current period.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/smj.2170
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Funding: ESRC (award RES-062-23-2767). Additional supporting information may be found in the online version of this article.
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation linkages,Ireland,learning effects,open innovation,openness,Business and International Management,Strategy and Management
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Published Date: 2014-01
Published Online Date: 2013-08-29
Authors: Love, James H.
Roper, Stephen
Vahter, Priit



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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