Exploring and exploiting through external sources: the effect of learning and technological proximity

Albino, Vito, Petruzzelli, Antonio Messeni and Rotolo, Daniele (2010) Exploring and exploiting through external sources: the effect of learning and technological proximity. International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 8 (1). pp. 11-27. ISSN 1471-8197

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Abstract

In this paper, we investigate how the different types of external learning performed by organisations, i.e., interaction and imitation, and their technological proximity with external sources affect exploration and exploitation. Specifically, analysing the last 250 patents registered by Toyota Motor Corp. at the European Patent Office, we find that exploration is favoured by interactive learning mechanisms and technological diversity between knowledge source and recipient. On the contrary, learning by interaction and similarity between technological competencies and capabilities are more suitable for exploitative research activities.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Daniele Rotolo
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:38
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2012 15:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27186
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