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The knowledge spillover theory of intrapreneurship

Pontus Braunerhjelm (), Ding Ding and Per Thulin ()
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Ding Ding: KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Small Business Economics, 2018, vol. 51, issue 1, 1-30

Abstract: Abstract Introducing the Knowledge Spillover Theory of Intrapreneurship, we examine how labour mobility impacts innovation distributed by firm size. A matched employer-employee dataset, pooled with firm-level patent application data, is implemented in the analysis. We provide new evidence that knowledge workers’ mobility has a positive and strongly significant impact on all firms’ innovation output, measured as patent applications. The patterns and effects do however differ between large and small firms. More precisely, for small firms, intraregional mobility of knowledge workers who have previously worked in a patenting firm (the learning-by-hiring effect) is shown to be statistically and economically highly significant, whereas only limited impact could be detected for firms losing knowledge workers (the learning-by-diaspora effect).

Keywords: Labour mobility; Knowledge diffusion; Innovation; Social networks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 O31 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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