Network positioning and R&D activity

A study of Italian groups

Igor Filatotchev, Claudio Piga, Natalya Dyomina

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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 a 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-48
Number of pages12
JournalR and D Management
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Network organization
Interorganizational networks
Organizational characteristics
Manufacturing firms
Industry concentration
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Firm size
Market environment
Firm characteristics
Network resources

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Filatotchev, Igor ; Piga, Claudio ; Dyomina, Natalya. / Network positioning and R&D activity : A study of Italian groups. In: R and D Management. 2003 ; Vol. 33, No. 1. pp. 37-48.
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