Optimal cognitive distance and absorptive capacity

B. Nooteboom, W.P.M. Vanhaverbeke, V.A. Gilsing, G.M. Duysters, A.J. Oord, van den

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This paper tests hypotheses that in inter-firm alliances innovative performance is an inverted-U shaped function of cognitive distance, that the resulting optimal cognitive distance is higher for exploratory than for exploitative learning, and that optimal cognitive distance depends on absorptive capacity. Most hypotheses are confirmed for 994 alliances in several industries, in the period 1986-1996. The results indicate a new hypothesis that with more knowledge one needs larger cognitive distances to find novelty.
Originele taal-2Engels
Plaats van productieEindhoven
UitgeverijTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven
StatusGepubliceerd - 2005

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NaamECIS working paper series
Volume200505

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