Cross-Functional Knowledge Integration, Patenting and Firm’s Performance
AbstractCross-functional knowledge integration and patenting are both reckoned to increase the productivity of human capital and the profitability of the firms implementing them. The combined effect of a joint use is in many ways ambiguous since those practices pursue different objectives in terms of managing the flow of information within the firm's boundaries. The presence of knowledge spillovers in situations of high technological rivalry could deteriorate the positive impact of knowledge integration. We investigate empirically different channels of interactions between patenting and knowledge integration and we find that they are substitutes in terms of economic profitability; consistently with our theory, the effect is exacerbated by high technological rivalry and scarce effectiveness of secrecy. Our empirical analysis is conducted using a cross-section database with detailed firm-level information on U.S. manufacturing firms.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series iCite Working Papers with number 2286693.
Length: 30 p.
Date of creation: 2013
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R&D; Performance; Knowledge Integration; Patents; Spillovers;
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- NEP-ALL-2014-03-30 (All new papers)
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- NEP-CSE-2014-03-30 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-EFF-2014-03-30 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-INO-2014-03-30 (Innovation)
- NEP-KNM-2014-03-30 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
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