The idea that searching for new knowledge is at the basis of firms’ innovative performance underlies the evolutionary perspective on industrial innovation. A central tenet is that search activities are highly “local” and path dependent, meaning that firms tend to search for new knowledge in areas closely related to the their established knowledge base and competencies. According to this view, far from emerging in isolation, current innovations build upon past innovations and may themselves become foundations for future innovations. In other words, it is assumed that technological development is a cumulative process. Viewed from the perspective of organizations, this process of knowledge accumulation may take place by building on the internal stock of knowledge of a firm or accessing novel and different domains of knowledge that reside just beyond firms’ immediate boundaries. The aim of this chapter is to provide an empirical investigation of firms’ knowledge search strategies in crowded technological areas. In particular, we argue that processes of competition and collaboration have to be taken into account when exploring impacts on innovative performance.

Knowledge search and strategic alliance: evidence from the electronics industry

Breschi, Stefano;Cassi, Lorenzo;Malerba, Franco
2009

Abstract

The idea that searching for new knowledge is at the basis of firms’ innovative performance underlies the evolutionary perspective on industrial innovation. A central tenet is that search activities are highly “local” and path dependent, meaning that firms tend to search for new knowledge in areas closely related to the their established knowledge base and competencies. According to this view, far from emerging in isolation, current innovations build upon past innovations and may themselves become foundations for future innovations. In other words, it is assumed that technological development is a cumulative process. Viewed from the perspective of organizations, this process of knowledge accumulation may take place by building on the internal stock of knowledge of a firm or accessing novel and different domains of knowledge that reside just beyond firms’ immediate boundaries. The aim of this chapter is to provide an empirical investigation of firms’ knowledge search strategies in crowded technological areas. In particular, we argue that processes of competition and collaboration have to be taken into account when exploring impacts on innovative performance.
9781847203762
Malerba, Franco; Vonortas, Nicholas S.
Innovation networks in industries
01/07/2009
Breschi, Stefano; Cassi, Lorenzo; Malerba, Franco
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