Search patterns and absorptive capacity - Low- and high- technology sectors in European countries

C. Grimpe, W.E.J. Sofka

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Abstract

Searching for externally available knowledge has been characterised as a vital part of the innovation process. Previous research has, however, almost exclusively focused on high-technology environments, largely ignoring the substantial low- and medium-technology sectors of modern economies. We argue that firms from low- and high-technology sectors differ in their search patterns and that these mediate the relationship between innovation inputs and outputs. Based on a sample of 4500 firms from 13 European countries, we find that search patterns in low-technology industries focus on market knowledge and that they differ from technology sourcing activities in high-technology industries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-506
JournalResearch Policy: A Journal devoted to Research Policy, Research Management and Planning
Volume38
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Innovation
Absorptive capacity
European countries
High technology
Industry
Innovation process
Market knowledge
Technology sourcing
High technology industry

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Search patterns and absorptive capacity - Low- and high- technology sectors in European countries. / Grimpe, C.; Sofka, W.E.J.

In: Research Policy: A Journal devoted to Research Policy, Research Management and Planning, Vol. 38, No. 3, 2009, p. 495-506.

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