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Title: Optimal cognitive distance and absorptive capacity
Authors: Nooteboom, Bart
VANHAVERBEKE, Wim 
DUYSTERS, Geert 
Gilsing, Victor
van den Oord, Ad
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Source: RESEARCH POLICY, 36(7). p. 1016-1034
Abstract: In this paper we test the relation between cognitive distance and innovation performance of firms engaged in technology-based alliances. The key finding is that the hypothesis of an inverted U-shaped effect of cognitive distance on innovation performance of firms is confirmed. Moreover, as expected, we found that the positive effect for firms is much higher when engaging in more radical, exploratory alliances than in more exploitative alliances. The effect of cumulative R&D turns out to be mixed. It appears to increase absorptive capacity, as expected, but there is clear evidence that it also reduces the effect of cognitive distance on novelty value, making it increasingly difficult to find additional novelty. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Notes: Tilburg Univ, NL-5000 LE Tilburg, Netherlands. Hasselt Univ, Hasselt, Belgium. Eindhoven Univ Technol, ECIS, NL-5612 AZ Eindhoven, Netherlands.Nooteboom, B, Adelheidstr 82, NL-2595 EE The Hague, Netherlands.b.nooteboom@uvt.nl w.p.m.vanhaverbeke@tm.tue.nl g.m.duysters@tm.tue.nl v.a.gilsing@tm.tue.nl a.v.d.oord@tm.tue.nl
Keywords: innovation; inter-finn alliances; cognitive distance; absorptive capacity; exploration and exploitation
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/4139
ISSN: 0048-7333
e-ISSN: 1873-7625
DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2007.04.003
ISI #: 000250124200009
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2008
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