How do firms’ knowledge bases affect intra-industry heterogeneity?: An analysis of the Spanish pharmaceutical industry

D'Este, Pablo (2005) How do firms’ knowledge bases affect intra-industry heterogeneity?: An analysis of the Spanish pharmaceutical industry. Research Policy, 34 (1). pp. 33-45. ISSN 0048-7333

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Abstract

This paper aims to contribute to the analysis of within industry inter-firm variety. The paper develops two themes: (i) the analysis of intra-industry heterogeneity, and (ii) the extent to which higher performance is associated with the capacity of firms to expand their knowledge base. The main contribution of the paper is empirical, based on a data source consisting of information on documents published in international scientific journals by Spanish pharmaceutical firms. The empirical results support the argument that the firm's knowledge base is a main driver of persistent heterogeneity within industries. We find systematic variety in terms of how firms articulate their research activities, and positive correlation between firms’ knowledge diversification and performance.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: That firms diversify their scientific and technological capabilities in ways that diverge from their downstream R&D and production activities is now well known, but few have been able to substantiate ¿ as this paper does on the basis of empirical evidence ¿ that it is the interface between the two levels that dictates firm performance. In this way technological capability heterogeneity drives performance in this industry.
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Pablo D'Este Cukierman
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:22
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2012 13:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20277
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