Interorganizational collaboration and innovation: towards a portfolio approach.

Faems, Dries, Looy, Bart Van and Debackere, Koenraad (2005) Interorganizational collaboration and innovation: towards a portfolio approach. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 22 (3). pp. 238-250. ISSN 0737-6782

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Abstract

In the literature on innovation, interorganizational collaboration has been advanced
as beneficial for the innovative performance of firms. At the same time, large-scale
empirical evidence for such a relationship is scarce. This article examines whether
evidence can be found for the idea that interorganizational collaboration supports
the effectiveness of innovation strategies. This article empirically addresses this research question by analyzing data on Belgian manufacturing firms (n 5221) collected in the Community Innovation Survey, a biannual survey organized by
Eurostat and the European Commission aimed at obtaining insights into the innovation practices and performance of companies within the various European Union
(EU) member states. Tobit analyses reveal a positive relationship between interorganizational collaboration and innovative performance. At the same time, the
impact on innovative performance differs depending on the nature of the partner(s)
involved. These findings strongly suggest the relevance of adopting a portfolio
approach to interorganizational collaboration within the context of innovation
strategies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: There is a widespread belief that inter-organizational collaboration boosts innovation performance, but precious little evidence. This study employs econometric and multivariate methodologies on the Community Innovation Survey for Belgian manufacturing to provide some stronger supporting evidence, but also finds that much depends on the nature of the partner. Prof Debackere was the leader of this research project.
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 16:54
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2012 09:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/37014
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