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Opportunity knocks

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  • Thomas Astebro

    (Joseph L. Rotman School of Management - University of Toronto)

  • Kristina Dahlin

    (Joseph L. Rotman School of Management - University of Toronto)

Abstract

Research on technological opportunity has typically focused on the impact of broad industry characteristics on R&D intensity of firms. This study complements such approaches by examining the impact of a multidimensional vector that measures technological opportunity on independent inventors' decisions to patent and commercialize inventions. Using data from 559 inventions and controlling for demand, appropriability, and competitive conditions, we found two of four tested dimensions of technological opportunity - technical performance and technical uncertainty - to be significant and important determinants of the likelihood of commercialization. Technical feasibility appears important in affecting patenting but unimportant in affecting commercialization. Technical significance carries a negative, although insignificant, sign conditioning commercialization.

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  • Thomas Astebro & Kristina Dahlin, 2005. "Opportunity knocks," Post-Print hal-00476876, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00476876
    DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2005.06.003
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