Network Positioning and R&D Activity: A Study of Italian Groups

12 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2003

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Igor Filatotchev

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School

Claudio A. Piga

Keele University - Keele Management School

Natalya Dyomina

Nottingham University Business School

Abstract

Traditionally, R&D studies focus on organisational characteristics and internal context factor effects on a firm's R&D activities. This paper extends previous research by analysing firm-level R&D expenditures in the wider context of inter-organisational networks. Using sample of 2002 manufacturing firms in Italy, it provides evidence that R&D intensity is linked to a firm's positioning within an industrial group's hierarchy. Further tests on the antecedents of R&D expenditures are carried out in relation to the effects of firm characteristics and industry factors. Important findings include a significant and positive association between R&D intensity and the firm's size, performance, intangible assets and industry concentration. These findings suggest that, in addition to firm-level factors and its market environment, network resources and organisation may play an important role in driving the intensity of the firm's R&D expenditures.

Suggested Citation

Filatotchev, Igor and Piga, Claudio A. and Dyomina, Natalya, Network Positioning and R&D Activity: A Study of Italian Groups. R&D Management, Vol. 33, pp. 37-48, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=371443

Igor Filatotchev

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School ( email )

106 Bunhill Row
London, EC1Y 8TZ
United Kingdom

Claudio A. Piga (Contact Author)

Keele University - Keele Management School ( email )

Darwin Building
Staffordshire, ST5 5BG
United Kingdom

Natalya Dyomina

Nottingham University Business School ( email )

Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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