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Private-Public Collaboration and Innovation Performance: Does Training Matter?


Torugsa, N and Arundel, A, Private-Public Collaboration and Innovation Performance: Does Training Matter?, International Journal of Innovation Management, 17, (3) Article 1340011. ISSN 1363-9196 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1142/S1363919613400112


This study examines, through the theoretical lens of absorptive capacity, how the interaction between investments in R&D and training moderates the influence of collaboration with public research organisations (PROs) on firm innovation performance. Using data for 1,086 innovating firms across all industry sectors in the Australian state of Tasmania in 2010, we find that there is no direct association between collaboration with PROs and firm innovation performance, and the R&D-training interaction plays a significant role in positively moderating such an association. This study contributes to the innovation management literature by demonstrating the importance of the combination of R&D and training in creating absorptive capacity. More importantly, the combination of R&D and training positively influences the successful exploitation of private–public collaboration and promotes innovation performance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:private–public collaboration, collaboration with public research organisations, innovation performance, absorptive capacity, R&D investment, training investment
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Innovation management
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Technological and organisational innovation
UTAS Author:Torugsa, N (Dr Ann Torugsa)
UTAS Author:Arundel, A (Professor Anthony Arundel)
ID Code:85212
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Australian Innovation Research Centre
Deposited On:2013-06-19
Last Modified:2014-04-08

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