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The Joint Impact of Innovation and Knowledge Spillovers on Productivity and Growth for Exporting Firms
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Entrepreneurship and innovation. KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, CESIS.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5871-8571
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Entrepreneurship and innovation. KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, CESIS.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2420-5660
2014 (English)In: The World Economy, ISSN 0378-5920, E-ISSN 1467-9701, Vol. 38, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper provides new insights regarding the role of innovation and localisation on the levels and growth of total factor productivity among exporting firms. For that purpose, we establish a dynamic model using data collected from nearly 10,000 Swedish exporting firms over a 12-year period. Different innovation proxies are used, and we distinguish between persistent and non-persistent innovators, while knowledge from outside the firm is measured by a newly developed methodology with detailed spatial resolution. The econometric evidence shows two distinct results. First, persistent innovators benefit significantly more than other exporters from access to a rich spectrum of nearby knowledge. Second, the level of productivity among non-innovative exporters and exporters that are only temporary engaged in innovation is positively affected by externalities in the most knowledge-intense local milieus.

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2014. Vol. 38, no 4
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Social Sciences Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-152802DOI: 10.1111/twec.12214ISI: 000353906000008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84927796961OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-152802DiVA: diva2:751510
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QC 20150521

Available from: 2014-10-01 Created: 2014-10-01 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
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1. Innovation and Productivity: A Microdata Analysis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Innovation and Productivity: A Microdata Analysis
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This doctoral thesis consists of four papers. The first two papers deal with firms’ innovation strategies, knowledge spillover and their impact on growth and productivity. The last two papers are focused on spinoffs and their survival.

The first paper finds a strong indication of variation in the capacity of firms to benefit from external knowledge among persistent innovators, temporary innovators and non-innovators. It considers the distinct and complementary effect of internal innovation efforts and spillovers from the local milieu.

The second paper shows that persistently innovative exporters benefit considerably more than other exporters from access to a rich spectrum of neighbouring knowledge. The level of productivity among non-innovative exporters and exporters that are only temporarily engaged in innovation is positively influenced by externalities in the most knowledge-intense local milieus.

The third paper reveals that there is a substantial difference in ex-post entry performance between genuinely new ventures and spinoffs in the manufacturing and service sectors based on their location. The proposed superiority of start-ups by ex-employees depends on the performance measures and the sector. Moreover, knowledge and the technology intensity of the industry matter for the viability of the new firms.

The fourth paper focuses on exports, innovation, tenure and management and investigates how the incumbent firm characteristics affect the viability of its spinoffs. While experience from an exporting parent has a significant and positive effect on market success, no spillover effect from innovative firms can be found.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. 11 p.
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TRITA-IEO, ISSN 1100-7982 ; 2015:01
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Economics
Research subject
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-160872 (URN)978-91-7595-456-1 (ISBN)
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2015-03-27, F3, Lindstedsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 09:22 (English)
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qc 20150302

Available from: 2015-03-02 Created: 2015-03-02 Last updated: 2016-06-13Bibliographically approved

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