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Productivity and the role of complementary assets in firms' demand for technology innovations

Marco Ceccagnoli, Stuart Graham (), Matthew Higgins () and Jeongsik Lee

Industrial and Corporate Change, 2010, vol. 19, issue 3, 839-869

Abstract: This article uses data on transactions in the pharmaceutical industry to examine the demand-side of technology outsourcing. By integrating a transaction--cost economics perspective with the analysis of internal R&D capabilities, we find that firms with relatively more cospecialized complementary assets or relatively strong internal R&D productivity have a lower propensity to source a technology from outside the firm. We show, however, that since downstream capabilities and internal R&D are complementary activities in the presence of asset specificity and transaction costs, a decrease in internal R&D productivity reduces the marginal value of the downstream assets within firm boundaries, thus stimulating the demand for external technology. Copyright 2010 The Author 2010. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Associazione ICC. All rights reserved., Oxford University Press.

Date: 2010
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