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Inventors’ working relationships and knowledge creation: a study on patented innovation

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  • Favaro, Donata

    (Department of Economics and Management “Marco Fanno”, University of Padova)

  • Ninka, Eniel

    (European Institutions Unit, SOGETI Luxembourg and Department of Planning and Design in Complex Environment, University IUAV of Venice)

Abstract

This study explores the knowledge-creation process that arises from inventors’ working relationships and its impact on company innovation. Innovation is measured by a company’s patenting activities. Our analysis is based on an original database built using OECD micro data obtained from patent applications at the European Patent Office (EPO). An empirical analysis was carried out on a body of firms located in the Italian region of Veneto. Our results reveal that the inventors’ working relationships have a significant impact on a company’s innovation – innovation which is also dependent upon both geography and timescales. Inventors’ working relationships thus produce productivity effects, in terms of patenting activity, both in the short and long term and these impacts are also dependent upon geographical distance.

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  • Favaro, Donata & Ninka, Eniel, 2019. "Inventors’ working relationships and knowledge creation: a study on patented innovation," INVESTIGACIONES REGIONALES - Journal of REGIONAL RESEARCH, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 45, pages 55-76.
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    Keywords

    working relationships; knowledge creation; patenting activity; inventor productivity;
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    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General

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