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Locational Conditions, Cooperation, and Innovativeness: Evidence from Research and Company Spin-Offs
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics.
2008 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper has two goals. First, it analyzes the extent to which the innovativeness of spin-offs, either born from a research facility or from another company, is influenced by locational conditions. Second, it provides evidence on how important local cooperation links are in comparison to nonlocal ones. Using a sample of approximately 1,500 East German firms from knowledge-intensive sectors, we estimate a structural equation model applying the partial least squares method. We find that proximity to local research institutes and universities is the most influential factor for the cooperation intensity of spin-offs. Furthermore, the higher the cooperation intensity, the greater the innovativeness of a firm. Moreover, the results indicate that it is not the local but the nonlocal cooperation ties that are more conducive to innovativeness of research spin-offs. The findings also highlight that the innovativeness of research spin-offs with solely local links is strongly depends on support from various authorities and institutions.

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Berlin: DIW , 2008. , 33 p.
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DIW Discussion Papers, ISSN 1433-0210 ; 804
Keyword [en]
Research and Company Spin-Offs, Locational Conditions, Cooperation Intensity, Innovativeness, Structural Equation Modeling, Partial Least Squares Approach
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-5899OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-5899DiVA: diva2:36719
Available from: 2008-07-21 Created: 2008-07-21Bibliographically approved

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