Title: Intangible investments and innovation propensity: Evidence from the Innobarometer 2013
Citation: INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION vol. 23 no. 4 p. 331-352
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC98370
ISSN: 1366-2716
URI: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13662716.2016.1151770
DOI: 10.1080/13662716.2016.1151770
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This paper investigates the innovation impact of intangible investments. Drawing on the resource-based view, we argue that intangible investments equip companies with knowledge assets that increase their innovativeness. However, a greater innovation impact is expected from investing more in technological intangibles rather than in intangibles overall, and a greater one from using internal vs. external resources. Through a new survey on a large sample of firms in 36 countries (28 EU), accounting for different intangibles and addressing their endogeneity through proper instruments, these hypotheses are partially confirmed. Developing intangibles internally is actually the most innovation impacting aspect, but not in manufacturing. Instead, by controlling for it and for firm’s choices of investing in technological intangibles, the intensity of intangible resources is significant for innovation in manufacturing only. Policy/strategic implications about the need of re-addressing the boost to intangible investments for the sake of innovation in Europe are drawn accordingly.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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