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The role of scientific and market knowledge in the inventive process: evidence from a survey of industrial inventors

Alessandra Scandura ()
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Alessandra Scandura: University of Torino

The Journal of Technology Transfer, 2019, vol. 44, issue 4, No 2, 1029-1069

Abstract: Abstract This paper investigates the contribution of external-to-the-firm knowledge to the inventive process inside companies by exploiting a survey of industrial inventors combined with patent data. In the empirical analysis, inventors’ knowledge sourcing strategies are employed as explanatory factors for their inventive performance. The results suggest that both the separate and joint use of external scientific and market knowledge are positively and significantly associated with inventors’ quantity and quality of inventions. In addition, higher levels of education act as a moderating factor of the joint use of scientific and market knowledge. Tracing a positive link between external knowledge and individual inventive process is relevant for research as well as policy, considering that knowledge exchange across a wide range of organisations is at the core of the innovation policy agendas in most countries.

Keywords: Market knowledge; Scientific knowledge; Patents; Inventors (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 O32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1007/s10961-017-9643-3

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