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The effects of knowledge management on innovative success – An empirical analysis of German firms

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  • Cantner, Uwe
  • Joel, Kristin
  • Schmidt, Tobias

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The aim of this paper is to analyse the effects of knowledge management on the innovation success of firms in Germany. We look at innovative firms in the period from 2000 to 2002 taken from the Mannheim Innovation Panel and estimate the effect of collaborative measures of knowledge management on the immediate economic success of different types of innovations. The results of our matching analysis reveal that firms which apply knowledge management perform better in terms of higher-than-average shares of turnover with innovative products compared to their twins. We do not find a significant effect of knowledge management on the share of cost reductions with process innovation.

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Volume (Year): 40 (2011)
Issue (Month): 10 ()
Pages: 1453-1462

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Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:40:y:2011:i:10:p:1453-1462

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Keywords: Knowledge management; Innovation; Matching estimator;

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  1. Jenny Meyer, 2010. "Does Social Software Support Service Innovation?," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(3), pages 289-311.
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  4. Reza Ansari & Sayyed Mohsen Allameh & Ali Asadi & Mehri Asadi Vasfi & Alireza Harooni, 2013. "Investigating the Relationship between Knowledge Management Processes and Innovation Levels: Managers and Experts of Software Design Companies of Isfahan Province," International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, vol. 3(2), pages 50-59, April.

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