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Learning from yourself or learning from neighbours: knowledge spillovers, institutional context and firm upgrading

Learning from yourself or learning from neighbours: knowledge spillovers, institutional context... Using a firm–product-level data set on China’s exports during the period 2000–11, we compare the impacts of intra- and inter-firm knowledge spillovers on the emergence of new, more sophisticated products at the firm level. Empirical results indicate that firm diversification is dependent on both intra- and inter-firm knowledge spillovers, though the effect of the former is much greater. More importantly, intra-firm knowledge spillovers are one key source of firm upgrading. In contrast, inter-firm knowledge spillovers even have some negative impacts on firm upgrading in the Chinese context, though it contributes to firm diversification. We further analyze how the roles of intra- and inter-firm knowledge spillovers in firm upgrading are contingent on regional institutional context. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Regional Studies Taylor & Francis

Learning from yourself or learning from neighbours: knowledge spillovers, institutional context and firm upgrading

Regional Studies , Volume 53 (10): 13 – Oct 3, 2019

Learning from yourself or learning from neighbours: knowledge spillovers, institutional context and firm upgrading

Regional Studies , Volume 53 (10): 13 – Oct 3, 2019

Abstract

Using a firm–product-level data set on China’s exports during the period 2000–11, we compare the impacts of intra- and inter-firm knowledge spillovers on the emergence of new, more sophisticated products at the firm level. Empirical results indicate that firm diversification is dependent on both intra- and inter-firm knowledge spillovers, though the effect of the former is much greater. More importantly, intra-firm knowledge spillovers are one key source of firm upgrading. In contrast, inter-firm knowledge spillovers even have some negative impacts on firm upgrading in the Chinese context, though it contributes to firm diversification. We further analyze how the roles of intra- and inter-firm knowledge spillovers in firm upgrading are contingent on regional institutional context.

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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2019 Regional Studies Association
ISSN
1360-0591
eISSN
0034-3404
DOI
10.1080/00343404.2019.1566705
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Abstract

Using a firm–product-level data set on China’s exports during the period 2000–11, we compare the impacts of intra- and inter-firm knowledge spillovers on the emergence of new, more sophisticated products at the firm level. Empirical results indicate that firm diversification is dependent on both intra- and inter-firm knowledge spillovers, though the effect of the former is much greater. More importantly, intra-firm knowledge spillovers are one key source of firm upgrading. In contrast, inter-firm knowledge spillovers even have some negative impacts on firm upgrading in the Chinese context, though it contributes to firm diversification. We further analyze how the roles of intra- and inter-firm knowledge spillovers in firm upgrading are contingent on regional institutional context.

Journal

Regional StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Oct 3, 2019

Keywords: knowledge spillover; technological relatedness; product sophistication; firm upgrading; institutional context; D22; F23; L23; L25

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