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Co-operative ties and innovation: Some new evidence for UK manufacturing

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  • Tomlinson, Philip R.

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Drawing upon survey data from 436 firms, this paper explores the impact of co-operative ties upon levels of innovation (both product and process) in five UK manufacturing industries. Unlike a number of previous studies in this area, the data itself captures both the scale and multi-dimensional nature of both co-operation and innovation. The paper finds evidence to support the hypothesis that vertical co-operative ties are a significant factor in explaining firms' levels of innovative performance. However, the empirical analysis suggests that it is the strength of such ties - and not just their existence - which are important with stronger dyadic relations between firms having a positive and significant impact upon levels of innovation. The analysis also finds that in some sectors, horizontal co-operative ties are (albeit to a lesser extent) also important.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Research Policy.

Volume (Year): 39 (2010)
Issue (Month): 6 (July)
Pages: 762-775

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Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:39:y:2010:i:6:p:762-775

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Keywords: Innovation Co-operation Networks Vertical and horizontal ties Dyadic relations Manufacturing;

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