Experience Matters: The Role of Academic Scientist Mobility for Industrial Innovation

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A learning‐by‐hiring approach is used to scrutinize scientists' mobility in relation to the recruiting firms' subsequent innovation output. Our starting point is that among firm hires, individuals with university research experience—hired from universities or firms—can be particularly valuable. However, conflicting institutional logics between academia and industry makes working with academic scientists challenging at times for firms. We suggest two solutions to this difficulty: hiring “ambidextrous” individuals with a mix of experience of university research and working for a technologically advanced firm, and a strong organizational research culture in the recruiting firm reflected by the presence of a scientist on the top management team. We track the mobility of R&D workers empirically using patent and linked employer‐employee data.
A learning‐by‐hiring approach is used to scrutinize scientists' mobility in relation to the recruiting firms' subsequent innovation output. Our starting point is that among firm hires, individuals with university research experience—hired from universities or firms—can be particularly valuable. However, conflicting institutional logics between academia and industry makes working with academic scientists challenging at times for firms. We suggest two solutions to this difficulty: hiring “ambidextrous” individuals with a mix of experience of university research and working for a technologically advanced firm, and a strong organizational research culture in the recruiting firm reflected by the presence of a scientist on the top management team. We track the mobility of R&D workers empirically using patent and linked employer‐employee data.
SprogEngelsk
TidsskriftStrategic Management Journal
Vol/bind39
Udgave nummer7
Sider1935-1958
Antal sider24
ISSN0143-2095
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2018

Emneord

  • Econometric evidence
  • Innovation output
  • Organizational research culture
  • Scientists' mobility
  • The science–technology relationship

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Experience Matters : The Role of Academic Scientist Mobility for Industrial Innovation. / Kaiser, Ulrich; Kongsted, H.C. ; Laursen, Keld; Ejsing, Ann-Kathrine.

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