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The Role of University Scientist Mobility for Industrial Innovation

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  • Ann-Kathrine Ejsing

    () (The Danish Insurance Association, Hellerup)

  • Ulrich Kaiser

    () (Department of Business Administration, University of Zurich)

  • Hans Christian Kongsted

    () (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Keld Laursen

    () (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

Abstract

cientific knowledge is an important ingredient in the innovation process. Drawing on the knowledge-based view of the firm and the literature on the relationship between science and technology, this paper scrutinizes the importance of university scientists mobility for firms innovative activities. Combining patent data and matched employer-employee data for Danish firms, we can track the labor mobility of R&D workers from 1999 to 2004. We find that new joiners contribute more than long-term employees to innovative activity in the focal firm. Among new firm recruits, we observe that newly hired former university researchers contribute more to innovative activity than newly hired recent graduates or joiners from firms, but only in firms with a high level of absorptive capacity in the form of recent experience of hiring university researchers. We find also that firms recent experience of hiring university researchers enhances the effect of newly hired recent graduates contributions to innovation.

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  • Ann-Kathrine Ejsing & Ulrich Kaiser & Hans Christian Kongsted & Keld Laursen, 2013. " The Role of University Scientist Mobility for Industrial Innovation," Working Papers 332, University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW).
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    Keywords

    Innovative activity; the science-technology relationship; labor mobility.;

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    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • M31 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Marketing

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