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Netzwerkmitgliedschaft und Innovationsverhalten von neugegruendeten und etablierten Unternehmen

The center piece of this analysis is to investigate the interdependence between newly founded firms, established firms and innovation networks. On grounds of the reflections on firms' innovation activities and technological opportunities, the influence of network-membership (among other aspects) on the innovation behavior of new firms and incumbent firms is investigated. The empirical analysis, based on the data of the "Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau (KfW)", suggests stimulating effects of network-membership on the innovation activities of start-up firms. A secondary target of start-ups is also to gain market share and thus increase their turnovers. In contrast to start-up firms, networks do not play a significant role with regard to innovation activities when we consider established firms. Network-membership as a determinant of the innovation behavior of established firms loses explanatory power according to the estimation results in this paper. The motivation of those firms, who join a network, rather is to benefit from cost-reducing and quality-improving innovations and finally, to expand their market share.

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Paper provided by Universitaet Augsburg, Institute for Economics in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 210.

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Date of creation: Oct 2001
Handle: RePEc:aug:augsbe:0210
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