Corporate Innovation along the Supply Chain

Management Science, Forthcoming

AFA 2015 Boston Meetings

48 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2014 Last revised: 29 Aug 2017

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Yongqiang Chu

Belk College of Business, UNC Charlotte

Xuan Tian

Tsinghua University - PBC School of Finance

Wenyu Wang

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Finance

Date Written: August 28, 2017

Abstract

In this paper, we document a positive effect of supplier-customer geographic proximity on supplier innovation. To establish causality, we explore plausibly exogenous variation in proximity caused by customer relocations. The positive effect of supplier-customer proximity on supplier innovation is stronger when customers are more innovative themselves, when suppliers and customers are closer in technological space, and when customers' demand accounts for a larger fraction of suppliers' total sales. These findings suggest that the feedback channel and the demand channel are likely underlying mechanisms through which supplier-customer proximity affects supplier innovation. Overall, our paper sheds new light on the real effect of supplier-customer relationship on corporate innovation.

Keywords: Geographic proximity; Innovation; Supply chain

JEL Classification: G31, O31

Suggested Citation

Chu, Yongqiang and Tian, Xuan and Wang, Wenyu, Corporate Innovation along the Supply Chain (August 28, 2017). Management Science, Forthcoming, AFA 2015 Boston Meetings, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2505029 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2505029

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