Managing the knowledge for innovation in Eastern European firms: open or closed innovation?

Saunders, Kieran and Radicic, Dragana (2022) Managing the knowledge for innovation in Eastern European firms: open or closed innovation? Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management . ISSN 2053-4620

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/JSTPM-07-2021-0096

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Abstract

Purpose – This study investigates the impact of cooperation with external partners on the intensity of
product innovation as well as its commercial success. The focus is on firms located in the Eastern European
countries that are seldom a subject of empirical innovation studies. The theoretical framework takes into
account that moderate and modest innovator countries, which comprise the sample, have distinct innovation
ecosystems relative to advanced economies.
Design/methodology/approach – The study uses data from the Business Environment and Enterprise
Performance Survey (BEEPS) that was conducted in 2013–2014 and covering the period of the past three
years. Product innovation is measured through its intensity (a number of product innovation) and through its
commercial success (innovative sales). A set of hypotheses are tested using a negative binomial estimator (for
the number of product innovation) and a tobit estimator (for innovative sales) estimated in Stata statistical
software.
Findings – Empirical findings show that vertical cooperation has a positive effect on the intensity of
innovation activities. In contrast, the authors find no evidence that horizontal cooperation or cooperation with
science partners (universities and research centres) increase innovation intensity or its commercial success.
Besides vertical cooperation, for a commercial success, it is equally beneficial for firms to use their own
innovative ideas. These results taken together suggest that closed innovation and cooperation with customers
and suppliers are critical determinants of product innovation in Eastern European firms.
Originality/value – The study contributes to expanding the research on knowledge management and
open innovation in less advanced economies.

Keywords:Open innovation, Eastern European countries, Product innovation, Cooperation for innovation
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:49116
Deposited On:29 Apr 2022 13:46

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