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Knowledge compensation in the German automobile industry

  • Uwe Cantner
  • Jens Kruger
  • Kristina von Rhein

In studies looking at firm survival over the industry life cycle knowledge is one of the most important determinants. Different kinds of knowledge, namely post-entry experience, pre-entry experience and knowledge acquired by innovative activity positively influence the survival chances. This article investigates how different kinds of knowledge are able to compensate each other. A statistical survival analysis is performed for the German automobile industry (1886-1939) which applies an estimation approach that links instrumental variables with the Cox regression. The results highlight that innovative activity is able to compensate for lacking post-entry experience, supporting Schumpeterian creative destruction.

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Volume (Year): 43 (2011)
Issue (Month): 22 ()
Pages: 2941-2951

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