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The Adoption and Diffusion of Organizational Innovation: Evidence for the U.S. Economy

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  • Lisa Lynch

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Using a unique longitudinal representative survey of both manufacturing and nonmanufacturing businesses in the United States during the 1990’s, I examine the incidence and intensity of organizational innovation and the factors associated with investments in organizational innovation. Past profits tend to be positively associated with organizational innovation. Employers with a more external focus and broader networks to learn about best practices (as proxied by exports, benchmarking, and being part of a multi-establishment firm) are more likely to invest in organizational innovation. Investments in human capital, information technology, R&D, and physical capital appear to be complementary with investments in organizational innovation. In addition, nonunionized manufacturing plants are more likely to have invested more broadly and intensely in organizational innovation.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau in its series Working Papers with number 07-18.

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Length: 53 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2007
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Handle: RePEc:cen:wpaper:07-18

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