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The Further the Better? Knowledge Intensive Service Firms' Collaboration on Innovation

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  • Anker Lund Vinding
  • Ina Drejer

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Three hypotheses in relation to knowledge intensive service firms’ collaboration in relation to development of new services are explored: i) firms with a high level of absorptive capacity are more likely to collaborate on innovation than firms with a relatively low level of absorptive capacity; ii) given that the firms collaborate on innovation, the main innovation partner of knowledge intensive service firms with a high level of absorptive capacity is likely to be located further away than the main innovation partner of firms with a low level of absorptive capacity; and iii) collaboration with distant partners in the innovation process will often be of a more explorative nature than interaction with local partners, thereby associating the innovative output of cross-border collaborations with a higher degree of novelty than collaboration with local/national partners. Hypotheses i and iii are confirmed, whereas the results for hypothesis ii are inconclusive.

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  • Anker Lund Vinding & Ina Drejer, 2006. "The Further the Better? Knowledge Intensive Service Firms' Collaboration on Innovation," DRUID Working Papers 06-31, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
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    1. Xavier Vence & Alexandre Trigo, 2010. "Global and National Cooperation in Service Innovation," Chapters,in: The Handbook of Innovation and Services, chapter 23 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    Keywords

    Service innovation; absorptive capacity; collaboration;

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    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • L80 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - General

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