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Knowledge flows, firms' competencies, and patent citations: an analysis of the trajectory of IBM

Jorge Britto, Leonardo Ribeiro, Lucas Araújo and Eduardo Albuquerque ()
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Jorge Britto: UFF, Brazil
Leonardo Ribeiro: Inmetro, Brazil
Lucas Araújo: UFF, Brazil

No 561, Textos para Discussão Cedeplar-UFMG from Cedeplar, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Abstract: In a knowledge economy, the creation, distribution and use of knowledge become decisive factors to reinforce firms' competitiveness. At the firm level, the process of innovation involves, fundamentally, the creation of new knowledge, which implies the integration and recombination of existing knowledge that may come from different sources and locations. The analytical difficulties to deal with this subject generate a literature that tries to quantify and analyze knowledge flows between economic agents using patent citations. Those citations may provide clues for intra and inter-firms knowledge flows. The paper analyses information about patents granted by IBM in the USPTO, which is used to map knowledge flows and to correlate these flows with the evolution of IBM competences and growth strategies.

Keywords: Patent Citations; Knowledge flows; Firms Competences, IBM Competences; IBM Strategy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O32 O34 O39 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-ino, nep-ipr, nep-knm, nep-sbm and nep-tid
Date: 2017-07
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