Locational Conditions, Cooperation, and Innovativeness: Evidence from Research and Company Spin-offs
Anna Lejpras () and
Andreas Stephan ()
No 804, Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin from DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research
This paper has two goals. First, it analyzes the extent to which the innovativeness of spin-offs, either born from a research facility or from another company, is influenced by locational conditions. Second, it provides evidence on how important local cooperation links are in comparison to nonlocal ones. Using a sample of approximately 1,500 East German firms from knowledge-intensive sectors, we estimate a structural equation model applying the partial least squares method. We find that proximity to local research institutes and universities is the most influential factor for the cooperation intensity of spin-offs. Furthermore, the higher the cooperation intensity, the greater the innovativeness of a firm. Moreover, the results indicate that it is not the local but the nonlocal cooperation ties that are more conducive to innovativeness of research spin-offs. The findings also highlight that the innovativeness of research spin-offs with solely local links is strongly depends on support from various authorities and institutions.
Keywords: Research and Company Spin-Offs; Locational Conditions; Cooperation Intensity; Innovativeness; Structural Equation Modeling; Partial Least Squares Approach (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M13 O18 R3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 p.
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Journal Article: Locational conditions, cooperation, and innovativeness: evidence from research and company spin-offs (2011)
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