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Exploring and Exploiting Through External Sources: The Effect of Learning and Technological Proximity


Vito Albino


Politecnico di Bari

Antonio Messeni Petruzzelli


Politecnico di Bari - Department of Mechanical and Management Engineering

Daniele Rotolo


University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

2010

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 1-27, 2010

Abstract:     
In this paper, we investigate how the different types of external learning performed by organisations, i.e., interaction and imitation, and their technological proximity with external sources affect exploration and exploitation. Specifically, analysing the last 250 patents registered by Toyota Motor Corp. at the European Patent Office, we find that exploration is favoured by interactive learning mechanisms and technological diversity between knowledge source and recipient. On the contrary, learning by interaction and similarity between technological competencies and capabilities are more suitable for exploitative research activities.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 17

Keywords: innovation, learning, exploration, exploitation, external learning, technological proximity

JEL Classification: D83, O31, O32

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Date posted: July 5, 2011  

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Albino, Vito and Petruzzelli, Antonio Messeni and Rotolo, Daniele, Exploring and Exploiting Through External Sources: The Effect of Learning and Technological Proximity (2010). International Journal of Innovation and Learning, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 1-27, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1879178

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Vito Albino
Politecnico di Bari ( email )
Bari, 70123
Italy
Antonio Messeni Petruzzelli
Politecnico di Bari - Department of Mechanical and Management Engineering ( email )
Viale JApigia, 182
Bari, 70126
Italy
Daniele Rotolo (Contact Author)
University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) ( email )
Jubilee Building
Brighton, Sussex BN19SL
United Kingdom
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