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How do new entrepreneurs innovate?

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  • Gabriele Pellegrino

    (SPRU, University of Sussex)

  • Mariacristina Piva

    (DISCE, Università Cattolica)

  • Marco Vivarelli

    (DISCE, Università Cattolica - SPRU, University of Sussex - IZA, Bonn)

Abstract

This paper analyses the determinants of product innovation in Italian young innovative companies (YICs) by looking at in-house and external R&D and at the acquisition of external technology in its embodied and disembodied components. A Tobit approach is applied to study jointly the occurrence of product innovation and the intensity of such innovation. Results provide evidence that in-house R&D is linked to product innovation both in mature firms and YICs; however, YICs turn out to be less in-house R&D-based and more dependent on external sources of knowledge. Moreover, other entrepreneurial attitudes such as the ability to cooperate with other firms in producing innovation or the capacity to develop significant organizational changes appear to be less important or even absent in Italian YICs. These results are somehow worrying, since they show that Italian innovative entrepreneurs are mostly driven by routinized rather than creative strategies.

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  • Gabriele Pellegrino & Mariacristina Piva & Marco Vivarelli, 2014. "How do new entrepreneurs innovate?," DISCE - Quaderni del Dipartimento di Politica Economica ispe0070, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE).
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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

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