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Internalization of R&D outsourcing: An empirical study

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  • Han, Sang Yun
  • Bae, Sung Joo

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From the absorptive capacity perspective, this study investigates the extent to which a firm that uses external knowledge attained through R&D outsourcing can increase its performance, and how this effect is moderated by a firm's absorptive capacity via internal R&D efforts and organizational composition of the firm's R&D division. More specifically, we use R&D intensity, a traditional measure of absorptive capacity, and five variables of organizational composition to measure their moderating effect between R&D outsourcing effort and the firm's resulting performance.

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  • Han, Sang Yun & Bae, Sung Joo, 2014. "Internalization of R&D outsourcing: An empirical study," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 150(C), pages 58-73.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:150:y:2014:i:c:p:58-73
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2013.12.001
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