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Product Innovation and Survival in a High-Tech Industry

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  • Roberto Fontana

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  • Lionel Nesta

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We investigate the relationship between product innovation and firm survival for a sample of 121 firms in a high-tech industry. We find that location near the technological frontier is an important determinant of fim survival. Firms located near the frontier are also more likely to be acquired than to exit by failure if they cannot survive. This suggests that product location in the technology space acts as a signal of firm quality. Possessing a substantial stock of intangible capital, on the other hand, determines neither exit via failure nor exit via acquisition, although it increases the probability of surviving.

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Volume (Year): 34 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (June)
Pages: 287-306

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Keywords: Competing risk model; High-technology industries; Firm survival; Market positioning; Quality frontier; L10; O33; D49;

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