Remote collaboration and innovative performance: the moderating role of R&D intensity

Luca Berchicci, PJ de Jong, M Feel

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Abstract

Collaboration with geographically distant partners may enhance a firm’s innovative performance. In practice, however, this may be complicated as personal contacts are more limited so that effective search and transfer of remote partners’ tacit knowledge is hampered. We tested the potential moderating role of R&D intensity which, by indicating technology-oriented absorptive capacity, may mitigate the problems associated with remote collaboration. Drawing on survey data of 248 high-tech small firms, we find that remote collaboration is positively related with innovation performance, but at low R&D intensity, the relationship vanishes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-446
Number of pages18
JournalIndustrial and Corporate Change
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2015

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