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The Knowledge Spillover Theory of Intrapreneurship, Labour Mobility and Innovation by Firm Size

Pontus Braunerhjelm (), Ding Ding () and Per Thulin ()
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Ding Ding: CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology, Postal: SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden

No 459, Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation from Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

Abstract: Presenting The Knowledge Spillover Theory of Intrapreneurship, we examine how labour mobility impacts innovation distributed on 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 differ between large and small firms. More precisely, for small firms, intraregional mobility of knowledge workers that have previously worked in a patenting firm (the learning-by-hiring effect) are 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)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-cse, nep-ent, nep-geo, nep-ino, nep-lma, nep-sbm and nep-tid
Date: 2017-07-13
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