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The role of open innovation in emerging economies: Do companies profit from the scientific knowledge of others?

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  • Kafouros, Mario I.
  • Forsans, Nicolas

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Our contribution lies in explaining why inter-firm variations in the strategic decision to actively seek and acquire external scientific knowledge impact not only financial performance but also the effects of firms’ own R&D. We further demonstrate that the performance implications of using external knowledge and technologies vary considerably depending on their source (domestic or foreign). Knowledge sourcing from domestic organizations has negligible consequences for financial performance and an adverse effect on firms’ own R&D. By contrast, knowledge acquisition from foreign countries results in superior performance and assists firms in unlocking their innovation potential.

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  • Kafouros, Mario I. & Forsans, Nicolas, 2012. "The role of open innovation in emerging economies: Do companies profit from the scientific knowledge of others?," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 47(3), pages 362-370.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:47:y:2012:i:3:p:362-370
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2011.05.004
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