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Which Factors Favour Becoming a Technology-Based & Highly Innovative Firm? The Role of Knowledge, Technological and Managerial Capabilities, and Entrepreneurs´ Education Background

Tomás González-Cruz, Jose Antonio Clemente and Sergio Camisón-Haba

A chapter in Proceedings of the ENTRENOVA - ENTerprise REsearch InNOVAtion Conference, Split, Croatia, 6-8 September 2018, 2018, pp 494-508 from IRENET - Society for Advancing Innovation and Research in Economy, Zagreb

Abstract: Which resources and capabilities ease the change to become a Technology-Based and Highly Innovative Firm –TB&InnF–, focused in the creation of value to market? We analyse this question using a novel data panel assembled for 326 Spanish industrial firms, along the period 1984-2012. Our findings show the probability of becoming a TB&InnF growths when firms are able to accumulate a high endowment of knowledge and technological capabilities, and a managerial team with: experience, strong power position and previous technical and managerial education. Results also indicate the CEO´s educational profile in management is preferable to a pure technical profile, because this complements firm´s knowledge and technological capabilities and enables the transformation of a scientific or technological project into a successful entrepreneurial innovation, which creates new value to market.

Keywords: technology-based & highly innovative firm; knowledge-based capabilities; technological capabilities; managerial capabilities; entrepreneurial education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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