Putting Knowledge Search Strategies in Context: A Study of Geography and Research Productivity

Posted: 28 Feb 2011

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David L. Deeds

University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business; Case Western Reserve University - Department of Marketing and Policy Studies

Joseph E. Coombs

University of Richmond - E. Claiborne Robins School of Business

R. Duane Ireland

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of the geographic diversity of a firm’s search on research productivity. Specifically, we study the impact of different types of geographic search strategies on a technology venture’s ability to develop new products in different geographic regions of varying levels of munificence. Our results indicate that a firm’s geographic context moderates the impact of different strategies on the firm’s research productivity. In particular, firms in munificent local environments benefit from localized search, as indicated by strong local co-authorships, while firms that are not located in munificent regions benefit from a geographically diverse search strategy.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Deeds, David L. and Coombs, Joseph E. and Ireland, R. Duane, Putting Knowledge Search Strategies in Context: A Study of Geography and Research Productivity (2006). Babson College, Babson Kauffman Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BKERC), 2002-2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1768123

David L. Deeds (Contact Author)

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Case Western Reserve University - Department of Marketing and Policy Studies ( email )

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Joseph E. Coombs

University of Richmond - E. Claiborne Robins School of Business ( email )

Richmond, VA 23173
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R. Duane Ireland

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

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College Station, TX 77843-4218
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