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Search patterns and absorptive capacity: Low- and high-technology sectors in European countries

  • Grimpe, Christoph
  • Sofka, Wolfgang

Searching for externally available knowledge has been characterised as a vital part of the innovation process. Previous research has, however, almost exclusively focused on high-technology environments, largely ignoring the substantial low- and medium-technology sectors of modern economies. We argue that firms from low- and high-technology sectors differ in their search patterns and that these mediate the relationship between innovation inputs and outputs. Based on a sample of 4500 firms from 13 European countries, we find that search patterns in low-technology industries focus on market knowledge and that they differ from technology sourcing activities in high-technology industries.

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Volume (Year): 38 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (April)
Pages: 495-506

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