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The Use of Knowledge Management by Innovators - Empirical Evidence for Germany

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  • Uwe Cantner

    ()
    (Friedrich Schiller Universit├Ąt Jena)

  • Kristin Joel

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    (Friedrich Schiller Universit├Ąt Jena)

  • Tobias Schmidt

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    (Deutsche Bundesbank, Economic Research Centre)

Abstract

In this paper we investigate factors that influence a firm's decision to implement knowledge management practices. Our focus is on knowledge management practices implemented to increase collaboration between actors within a firm on innovation activities. Using information on over 1,500 innovative German firms from the Mannheim Innovationpanel of 2003, we find that an innovation strategy targeted at consumers and continuous R+D activities is positively related to KM usage. In addition, more general firm characteristics like size and the industry of a firm do influence the decision to use knowledge management as well.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2008-002.

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Date of creation: 11 Jan 2008
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Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2008-002

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Keywords: knowledge management; innovation; Mannheim Innovation Panel;

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