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Learning by exporting under fast, short-term changes: The moderating role of absorptive capacity and foreign collaborative agreements

D’Angelo, Alfredo, Panagiotis Ganotakis and James H. Love

International Business Review, 2020, vol. 29, issue 3

Abstract: What are the consequences for innovation of fast, short-term changes in exporting activity? Building on the learning by exporting literature and using a sample of 880 Italian manufacturing firms over two successive time periods, our study reveals key asymmetries. First, a rapid increase in export breadth, but not in export depth, reduces the firm’s probability of developing new innovative outputs. Second, no such effects are found in the case of a decrease in firms’ exporting activity. Third, both absorptive capacity and foreign collaborative agreements facilitate the absorption of the shock occurring when firms experience a rapid increase in export breadth, but not when the rapid increase takes place in export depth. Theoretical and managerial implications emerge from this research.

Keywords: Learning by exporting; Product innovation; Absorptive capacity; Collaborative agreements (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2020.101687

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