Optimal Cognitive Distance and Absorptive Capacity

B. Nooteboom, W.P.M. Vanhaverbeke, G.M. Duijsters, V.A. Gilsing, A. Oord

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Abstract

In this paper we test the relation between cognitive distance and innovation performance of firms engaged in technology-based alliances.The key finding is that the hypothesis of an inverted U-shaped effect of cognitive distance on innovation performance of firms is confirmed.Moreover, as expected, we found that the positive effect for firms is much higher when engaging in more radical, exploratory alliances than in more exploitative alliances.The effect of cumulative RD turns out to be mixed.It may increase absorptive capacity, as expected, but there is clear evidence that it also reduces the effect of cognitive distance on novelty value.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherOrganization
Number of pages32
Volume2006-33
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2006-33

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Cognitive distance
Absorptive capacity
Alliances
Innovation performance
Inverted-U
Novelty

Keywords

  • innovation
  • inter-firm alliances
  • cognitive distance
  • absorptive capacity
  • exploration and exploitation

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Nooteboom, B., Vanhaverbeke, W. P. M., Duijsters, G. M., Gilsing, V. A., & Oord, A. (2006). Optimal Cognitive Distance and Absorptive Capacity. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2006-33). Tilburg: Organization.
Nooteboom, B. ; Vanhaverbeke, W.P.M. ; Duijsters, G.M. ; Gilsing, V.A. ; Oord, A. / Optimal Cognitive Distance and Absorptive Capacity. Tilburg : Organization, 2006. (CentER Discussion Paper).
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Optimal Cognitive Distance and Absorptive Capacity. / Nooteboom, B.; Vanhaverbeke, W.P.M.; Duijsters, G.M.; Gilsing, V.A.; Oord, A.

Tilburg : Organization, 2006. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2006-33).

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