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Universities as sources of information: comparing the role of 'open innovation' and companies' motivations

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  • Massimiliano Volpi

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The paper investigated the role Universities play as sources of information for companies' innovation. This study compared the explanations proposed by the 'open innovation' literature with those suggested by the 'resource view' of the firm, concluding that the way 'open innovation' variables have been constructed should be questioned and the 'resource view' theory should be augmented with innovation motivations, as companies rely on universities to source knowledge not generally available within companies' technological paradigm.

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  • Massimiliano Volpi, 2014. "Universities as sources of information: comparing the role of 'open innovation' and companies' motivations," SEEDS Working Papers 0514, SEEDS, Sustainability Environmental Economics and Dynamics Studies, revised Mar 2014.
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    Keywords

    green economy; environmental innovation; open innovation; universities.;

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    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • Q55 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Technological Innovation

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