Innovation & Failure

By | April 17th, 2017|Categories: Failure, Management of Innovation, Uncategorized, Videos|

The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber invited me to speak at the bi-annual MIT Europe Conference in Vienna about 'Innovation & Failure: The Basis for Building the Future'. This was a nice occasion to build a story around my research with Sören Petersen (formerly with the Technical University in Berlin, now with Google in Dublin). In short: In [...]

How Robust are the Results?

By | July 8th, 2016|Categories: Economics General, Management of Innovation, Methodology, Open Innovation, Uncategorized|

Today I have the pleasure to present some of our (Galia, Laursen, Salter and my) recent research. Here is briefly what it is about: Introduction. As stated by Hubbard, Vetter and Little (1998: 251): “The goal of science is empirical generalization, or knowledge development leading to some degree of understanding.” However, in many fields of science, the integrity of the pertinent empirical literatures are open to question because of what Rosenthal (1979) dubbed the “file drawer problem,” which implies that journals may be dominated by papers reporting results that are Type I errors (erroneous rejections of the null hypothesis), while the null outcome remain in the file drawers of researchers. In the top five journals of strategic management research, Goldfarb and King (2016) report that between 24 to 40 percent of the findings are likely the result of chance rather than a reflection of true relationships. Replication studies can help reduce this problem by establishing a set of robust empirical results (Bettis, 2012). In addition, even if we assume away the “file drawer problem”, statistical tests by nature produce Type I errors. The result is that in strategic management general and in open innovation research in particular, we know too little about which results are empirically generalizable, and hence whether they potentially add to our understanding. In many cases, however, researchers work on similar data sets and use similar or identical dependent variables, so that in principle, the robust (and not so robust) results could be extracted, while controlling for a host of other factors. When such general datasets are available, large scale replication studies can be conducted. By large-scale replication studies, we mean studies where different independent variables are included in a single empirical model with the same dependent variable. However, in these large scale replications as in most empirical applications, the “true model”, and therefore, the appropriate selection of explanatory variables, is essentially unknown, which leads to a phenomenon described as “model uncertainty” (Chatfield, 1995). Disregarding model uncertainty results in too small standard errors and too strong confidence in the statistical findings (Raftery, 1995). Additionally, it is model uncertainty that fundamentally facilitates the “file drawer problem”. […]

Innovation Might not Work – Failure

By | April 10th, 2016|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Management of Innovation, Strategy, Uncategorized|

Last week we had a great session at a conference in Vienna. It was about failure. Interestingly the Austrian daily Der Standard extensively covered the session well. Find the online version of the article here. The open discussion of failure seems to be something that attracts media attention, particularly when you can show that failure presents [...]

Recruitment, Knowledge Integration and Modes of Innovation

By | June 5th, 2014|Categories: Economic Geography, Economics General, Innovation Systems, Management of Innovation, Publication, Publication_Home|

  About a week or so ago we received the favorable editorial decision about our (Sverre, Tore and I) paper "Recruitment, knowledge integration and modes of innovation" has been accepted for publication in Research Policy. In the paper we investigate how the intrinsic characteristics of firms’ knowledge bases and processing routines have evolved with the past inflow [...]

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Recruitment, knowledge integration and modes of innovation

By | April 7th, 2014|Categories: Economics of Innovation, Innovation Systems, Management of Innovation, Uncategorized, Workshop / Conference|

Today I give a presentation at the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme Seminar at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. I present a joint paper with Sverre Herstad and Tore Sandven titled "Recruitment, knowledge integration and modes of innovation". Commodity trade, innovation collaboration and labor mobility are considered the primary channels through which knowledge diffuse between firms, industries [...]

Urban agglomerations, knowledge intensive services and innovation: Establishing the core connections

By | January 25th, 2014|Categories: Economic Geography, Economics of Innovation, General, Management of Innovation, Open Innovation, Publication_Home|

It took us a while to go from an idea to an accepted paper. But now Sverre Herstad and I have received the news that our paper "Urban agglomerations, knowledge intensive services and innovation: Establishing the core connections" is accepted for publication in Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. In this paper we investigate how resources available in [...]

Best Paper Award

By | December 16th, 2013|Categories: Economics of Innovation, Management of Innovation, Open Innovation, Publication|

Recently we received the news that our paper "Open innovation practices and their effect on innovation performance" published by the International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management has received the Best Paper Award 2012 by the journal. To the best of our knowledge this paper is the first to develop a complete indicator framework for examining open [...]

One of the most downloaded articles in Applied Economic Letters

By | November 15th, 2013|Categories: Economics of Innovation, Internationalization, Management of Innovation, Open Innovation, Publication|

We have just received the notice that our paper "The relationship between international innovation collaboration, intramural R&D and SMEs innovation performance: a quantile regression approach" is among the Top 10 of the most downloaded papers in Applied Economics Letters in 2013. Currently it is free for download.

On Industrial Knowledge Bases, Commercial Opportunities and Global Innovation Network Linkages

By | September 25th, 2013|Categories: Economics of Innovation, Internationalization, Management of Innovation, Publication|

Our (Sverre J. Herstad, Heidi Wiig Aslesen and my) paper "On industrial knowledge bases, commercial opportunities and global innovation network linkages" publication by Research Policy  is now online available  . It is commonly argued that we are witnessing a shift from global production networks, driven by the search for markets and lower cost production sites, to global [...]

Does Offshoring Hurt Domestic Innovation Activities?

By | September 8th, 2013|Categories: Economics of Innovation, Internationalization, Management of Innovation, Publication|

I have (together with Bernhard Dachs, Steffen Kinkel, and Oliver Som) contributed a column to the is a policy portal set up by the Centre for Economic Policy Research ( in conjunction with a consortium of national sites. Vox aims to promote research-based policy analysis and commentary by leading scholars. The intended audience is economists [...]