Why do firms publish? A systematic literature review and a conceptual framework

Rotolo, Daniele, Camerani, Roberto, Grassano, Nicola and Martin, Ben R (2022) Why do firms publish? A systematic literature review and a conceptual framework. Research Policy, 51 (10). a104606. ISSN 0048-7333

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In this paper, we address the question of ‘Why do firms publish scientific papers?’. Research examining the competitive advantages that firms accrue from investment in R&D has provided evidence that such efforts can be associated with the voluntary disclosure of research findings in scientific publications. This form of scientific openness occurs despite potentially undermining the value-capturing process by generating knowledge spillovers and hindering the use of other instruments for protecting intellectual property (patents and secrecy). Our understanding of what leads firms to engage in scientific publishing remains relatively limited, however. We address this gap by presenting a systematic review of 164 studies examining firm publishing. We then develop a conceptual framework that outlines five incentives for firms to engage in publishing: (i) accessing external knowledge and resources; (ii) attracting and retaining researchers; (iii) supporting IP strategies; (iv) building the firm's reputation; and (v) supporting commercialization strategies. Mechanisms that relate incentives to publish to firms' major stakeholders – i.e. academia, industry, investors, users, and institutions – are also outlined in the framework. We conclude by setting out an agenda for future research.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2022 09:05
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2023 10:40
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/107367

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