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Absorptive capacity and the reach of collaboration in high technology small firms

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  • de Jong, Jeroen P.J.
  • Freel, Mark
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    The current paper is concerned with exploring the role of absorptive capacity in extending the reach of innovation-related collaboration in high technology small firms. Drawing on survey data from a sample of 316 Dutch high-tech small firms, engaged in 1245 collaborations, we explore the relationship between R&D expenditure and distance to collaboration partners. In general terms, we find most partners to be 'local'. However, controlling for a variety of potential influences, higher R&D expenditure is positively related to collaboration with more distant organizations. The implications of our results for policy, practice and future research are discussed.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Research Policy.

    Volume (Year): 39 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 47-54

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:39:y:2010:i:1:p:47-54

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    Keywords: Collaboration Cognitive distance Geographical distance Absorptive capacity;

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