Tell Me How I Am Doing: The Effect of Timely Feedback on Patenting Activity

54 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2015 Last revised: 4 Nov 2015

Ning Jia

Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management

Xuan Tian

Tsinghua University - PBC School of Finance

Date Written: November 2, 2015

Abstract

Timely feedback on interim performance provided to firms is important for motivating firm innovation as proposed in Manso (2011). This paper tests the feedback mechanism by exploring how a firm’s physical distance to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which captures the ease and intensity of timely feedback on interim performance during the patenting process, affects firm innovation output. Using plausible exogenous variation in distance generated by firm relocations and changes in direct flight frequency, we find that a decrease in timely feedback provided to firms results in a more lengthy patent procurement and a reduction in patent quantity. We also show that timely feedback is important for exploratory, but not for exploitative, innovation activity. Our paper sheds new light on public policy that supports a successful implementation of innovation ecosystems.

Keywords: Feedback; patenting; distance; exploratory; exploitative

JEL Classification: O31; O32; G30

Suggested Citation

Jia, Ning and Tian, Xuan, Tell Me How I Am Doing: The Effect of Timely Feedback on Patenting Activity (November 2, 2015). Kelley School of Business Research Paper No. 15-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2544583 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2544583

Ning Jia

Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management ( email )

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Xuan Tian (Contact Author)

Tsinghua University - PBC School of Finance ( email )

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