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Search and Innovation in Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurial Firms: Exploring the relationship between external knowledge sources and goods and services innovation

Conference contribution
Authors Ethan Gifford
Daniel Ljungberg
Maureen McKelvey
Published in Presentation at conference "Knowledge and Universities: Impact on science, industry and policy", IIE, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-13 September 2017
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)
Department of Economy and Society
Language en
Keywords knowledge intensive entrepreneurship; innovation; search; goods and services; search
Subject categories Economics and Business


This paper addresses knowledge intensive entrepreneurial ventures (KIEs) and how they utilize external search in order to obtain new knowledge, and in turn, if this helps their innovative performance. The analysis is based on a large scale database in Europe. Our results show that the breadth of search is curvilinear (taking an inverted U-shape) related to innovation, a result which reinforces existing literature. However, the depth of search is linearly related to innovation. Moreover, we find that service innovation is not significantly associated with business and operations-based knowledge, but instead with scientific and technological knowledge.

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