Building on the Open Innovation (OI) framework, the purpose of this paper is to examine the R&D inbound model of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Specifically, we focus on the impact of different horizontal R&D collaborations on product innovation and innovation performance. Hypotheses are tested using a Probit/Tobit regression on an Italian sample of 2591 manufacturing SMEs. Our analysis shows that collaborating with different horizontal R&D partners brings to different innovation outcomes. In particular, R&D collaboration with universities has a positive impact on product innovation, but not on innovation performance. Whereas, R&D collaboration with research centres and other private companies has a positive impact on both product innovation and innovation performance. Our findings provide implications for SMEs managers and entrepreneurs who have to decide between R&D partners for their innovation strategy. Avenues for future research are discussed.

D'angelo, A., Baroncelli, A., An investigation over inbound open innovation in SMEs: insights from an Italian manufacturing sample, <<TECHNOLOGY ANALYSIS & STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT>>, 2020; 32 (5): 542-560. [doi:10.1080/09537325.2019.1676888] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/143907]

An investigation over inbound open innovation in SMEs: insights from an Italian manufacturing sample

D'Angelo
Primo
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Alfredo; Baroncelli
Secondo
2020

Abstract

Building on the Open Innovation (OI) framework, the purpose of this paper is to examine the R&D inbound model of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Specifically, we focus on the impact of different horizontal R&D collaborations on product innovation and innovation performance. Hypotheses are tested using a Probit/Tobit regression on an Italian sample of 2591 manufacturing SMEs. Our analysis shows that collaborating with different horizontal R&D partners brings to different innovation outcomes. In particular, R&D collaboration with universities has a positive impact on product innovation, but not on innovation performance. Whereas, R&D collaboration with research centres and other private companies has a positive impact on both product innovation and innovation performance. Our findings provide implications for SMEs managers and entrepreneurs who have to decide between R&D partners for their innovation strategy. Avenues for future research are discussed.
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D'angelo, A., Baroncelli, A., An investigation over inbound open innovation in SMEs: insights from an Italian manufacturing sample, <<TECHNOLOGY ANALYSIS & STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT>>, 2020; 32 (5): 542-560. [doi:10.1080/09537325.2019.1676888] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/143907]
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