Introducing Academic Skills in Know-how-based Firms: Innovative Potential or Non-complementarity

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Abstract

This paper contributes with two new findings to the literature on how universities contribute to industrial development. First, it argues and substantiates quantitatively through logistic regression models that introduction of academically skilled graduates in small, know-how-based firms can be instrumental in spurring innovation and upgrading changes in the firms. Second, it argues and substantiates quantitatively that it is not just graduates with technical and natural scientific qualifications that can contribute positively. Graduates with other academic qualifications also hold potential for innovation and upgrading changes in the firms, especially when it comes to major organisational changes. Qua these findings the paper contributes to the literature in two ways. It is a contribution to and substantiation of the ‘broader' view arguing that universities contribute to industrial development with more than directly applicable information and technologies. And, academically skilled graduates are not only relevant in technological R&D departments of science-based firms.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDRUID, Aalborg University
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2007
SeriesDRUID Working Paper
Number07-21
ISSN1396-2035

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Innovative potential
Complementarity
Innovation
Upgrading
Qualification
Industrial development
Logistic regression model
Organizational change

Keywords

  • Science
  • Academic research
  • Skilled graduates
  • Innovation
  • Technological change
  • Organisational change

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