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What are the channels for technology sourcing? Panel data evidence from German companies

Harhoff, Dietmar, Mueller, Elisabeth and Van Reenen, John ORCID: 0000-0001-9153-2907 (2014) What are the channels for technology sourcing? Panel data evidence from German companies. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 23 (1). 204 - 224. ISSN 1058-6407

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Identification Number: 10.1111/jems.12043


Innovation processes within corporations increasingly tap into international technology sources, yet little is known about the relative contribution of different types of innovation channels. We investigate the effectiveness of different types of international technology sourcing activities using survey information on German companies complemented with information from the European Patent Office. German firms with inventors based in the United States disproportionately benefit from R&D knowledge located in the United States. The positive influence on total factor productivity is larger if the research of the inventors results in coapplications of patents with US companies. Moreover, research cooperation with American suppliers also enables German firms to better tap into US R&D, but cooperation with customers and competitors does not appear to aid technology sourcing. The results suggest that the “brain drain” to the United States can have upsides for corporations tapping into American know-how.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T201 Patents. Trademarks
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2014 16:38
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 03:27
Projects: C2
Funders: Anglo German Foundation, Disabled Facilities Grant collaborative research project SFB/TR 15, Economic and Social Research Council

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