Innovation Strategies and Firm Growth

IEB Working Paper N. 2016/10

43 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2016

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Stefano Bianchini

University of Strasbourg

Gabriele Pellegrino

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Federico Tamagni

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa; Universitas Mercatorum

Date Written: March 9, 2016


In this work, we explore the relations between sales growth and a set of innovation indicators that capture the different sources, modes and results of the innovative activity undertaken within firms. We exploit a rich panel on innovation activity of Spanish manufacturing firms, reporting detailed CIS-type information continuously over the period 2004-2011. Standard GMM-panel estimates of the average effect of innovation activities reveal significant and positive effect for internal R&D, while no effect is found for external sourcing of knowledge (external R&D, acquisition of embodied and disembodied technologies) as well as for output of innovation (process and product innovation). However, fixed-effects quantile regressions reveal that innovation activities, apart from process innovation and disembodied technical change, display a positive effect on high-growth performance. Finally, we find evidence of super-modularity of the growth function, revealing complementarities of internal R&D with product innovation, and between product and process innovation.

Keywords: Firm growth, product and process innovation, internal and external R&D, embodied and disembodied technical change, fixed-effects quantile regressions, complementarity

JEL Classification: C21, D22, O31, O32

Suggested Citation

Bianchini, Stefano and Pellegrino, Gabriele and Tamagni, Federico, Innovation Strategies and Firm Growth (March 9, 2016). IEB Working Paper N. 2016/10. Available at SSRN: or

Stefano Bianchini

University of Strasbourg ( email )

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Gabriele Pellegrino (Contact Author)

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ( email )

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Federico Tamagni

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa ( email )

Biblioteca Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
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Pisa, 56127

Universitas Mercatorum ( email )


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