Diversity of Science Linkages and Innovation Performance: Some Empirical Evidence from Flemish Firms

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Bruno Cassiman

IESE Business School; KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)

Reinhilde Veugelers

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Department of Applied Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Maria Pluvia Zuniga

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD); KU Leuven

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Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This paper examines the diversity of the types of links of firms to science and their effect on innovation performance for a sample of Belgian firms. While at the industry level links to science are highly related to the R&D intensity of the sector, we show that there exists considerable heterogeneity in the type of links to science at the firm level. Overall, firms with a science link enjoy superior innovation performance, in particular with respect to innovations that are new to the market. At the invention level, our findings confirm that patents from firms engaged in science are more frequently cited and have a broader technological and geographical impact, but we show that it is crucial to distinguish between direct science links at the invention level and indirect science links at the firm level to encounter these distinct positive effects of science links.

Keywords: Innovation, cooperation, patents, forward citation, science, industrial innovation

JEL Classification: O32, O34, L13

Suggested Citation

Cassiman, Bruno and Veugelers, Reinhilde and Zuniga, Maria Pluvia, Diversity of Science Linkages and Innovation Performance: Some Empirical Evidence from Flemish Firms (2009). Economics Discussion Paper No. 2009-30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1726731 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1726731

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