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Financing of innovations – thresholds and options

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  • Alfred SPIELKAMP

    (University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen)

  • Christian RAMMER

    (Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW))

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The paper investigates thresholds and options for financing innovation activities in manufacturing and services using data from the German Community Innovation Survey (CIS) 2007. We analyze the significance of financing restrictions, especially the role of internal financing, external capital, and public funding, and discuss applicable management options to cope with challenges in markets and technology. We find that most firms rely mainly on selffinancing means to start an innovation project. As a consequence of information asymmetries, private investors, e.g. banks, are uneager to invest in risky innovative ventures. Public funding might complement internal financing in order to balance shortcomings in private capital provision, but these sources have to be identified and convinced. In sum, the empirical work states that financing innovation is an entrepreneurial task, and the management of innovation needs strategic thinking as well as a well defined capital portfolio policy.

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  • Alfred SPIELKAMP & Christian RAMMER, 2009. "Financing of innovations – thresholds and options," Management & Marketing, Economic Publishing House, vol. 4(2), Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:eph:journl:v:4:y:2009:i:2:n:1
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    Cited by:

    1. Mohammad Movahedi & Olivier Gaussens, 2013. "Les effets de l’exportation sur l’innovation et la productivité : Analyse empirique sur un échantillon de PMI," Economics Working Paper Archive (University of Rennes 1 & University of Caen) 201307, Center for Research in Economics and Management (CREM), University of Rennes 1, University of Caen and CNRS.
    2. Stefan Kipar, 2011. "The Effect of Restrictive Bank Lending on Innovation: Evidence from a Financial Crisis," ifo Working Paper Series 109, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
    3. Stefan Kipar, 2012. "Determinants of Firm Innovation - Evidence from German Panel Data," ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, number 45.
    4. Movahedi, Mohammad & Gaussens, Olivier, 2011. "Innovation, productivity, and export: Evidence from SMEs in Lower Normandy, France," MPRA Paper 40443, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 07 Jun 2012.
    5. Neil Foster-McGregor & Mario Holzner & Michael Landesmann & Johannes Pöschl & Robert Stehrer & Roman Stöllinger, 2013. "A ‘Manufacturing Imperative’ in the EU – Europe's Position in Global Manufacturing and the Role of Industrial Policy," wiiw Research Reports 391, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.

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