An investigation over inbound open innovation in SMEs: insights from an Italian manufacturing sample

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Abstract

Building on the Open Innovation (OI) framework, the purpose of this paper is to examine the R&D inbound model of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Specifically, we focus on the impact of different horizontal R&D collaborations on product innovation and innovation performance. Hypotheses are tested using a Probit/Tobit regression on an Italian sample of 2591 manufacturing SMEs. Our analysis shows that collaborating with different horizontal R&D partners brings to different innovation outcomes. In particular, R&D collaboration with universities has a positive impact on product innovation, but not on innovation performance. Whereas, R&D collaboration with research centres and other private companies has a positive impact on both product innovation and innovation performance. Our findings provide implications for SMEs managers and entrepreneurs who have to decide between R&D partners for their innovation strategy. Avenues for future research are discussed.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)542-560
Numero di pagine19
RivistaTECHNOLOGY ANALYSIS & STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
Volume32
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020

Keywords

  • D collaboration
  • Inbound open innovation
  • R&amp
  • innovation performance
  • manufacturing SMEs
  • product innovation

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