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Learning from openness: The dynamics of breadth in external innovation linkages
Article first published online: 29 AUG 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Strategic Management Journal published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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Love, J. H., Roper, S. and Vahter, P. (2013), Learning from openness: The dynamics of breadth in external innovation linkages. Strat. Mgmt. J.. doi: 10.1002/smj.2170
- Article first published online: 29 AUG 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 4 JUL 2013 11:39AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 20 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 13 JUL 2011
- ESRC. Grant Number: RES-062-23-2767
- innovation linkages;
- learning effects;
- open innovation;
We explore how openness in terms of external linkages generates learning effects, which enable firms to generate more innovation outputs from any given breadth of external linkages. Openness to external knowledge sources, whether through search activity or linkages to external partners in new product development, involves a process of interaction and information processing. Such activities are likely to be subject to a learning process, as firms learn which knowledge sources and collaborative linkages are most useful to their particular needs, and which partnerships are most effective in delivering innovation performance. Using panel data from Irish manufacturing plants, we find evidence of such learning effects: establishments with substantial experience of external collaborations in previous periods derive more innovation output from openness in the current period. © 2013 The Authors. Strategic Management Journal published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.