Title: 'Better bend than break': an econometric study on non-technological innovations during crisis times in Argentina
Author: Javier Papa
Address: Initiative for Policy Dialogue & LALICS, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Abstract: This article analyses the extent to which the pursuit of non-technological innovations, besides the introduction of technological ones, could have made manufacturing firms in Argentina more resilient to the country's last economic crisis (1998-2001). Drawing mostly on latecomer firm theory, and touching upon the literature on non-technological innovations and crises, an econometric analysis is conducted on micro data stemming from the Second Innovation Survey of Argentina (INDEC, 2003). The empirical results show that the introduction of product and process innovations positively impacted latecomer firms' performance in time of crisis although with a different magnitude than that observed in developed countries. Most importantly, organisational innovations had a positive impact on firms' sales and productivity only when measured as inputs rather than outputs, suggesting the importance of organisational capabilities in time of crisis. Further implications for theory, methodology and policy are also derived.
Keywords: latecomer firms; non-technological innovation; organisational capabilities; econometric analysis; economic crisis; Argentina; econometrics; manufacturing industry; process innovation; product innovation.
Int. J. of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2016 Vol.8, No.2, pp.197 - 224
Submission date: 11 Aug 2015
Date of acceptance: 24 Aug 2015
Available online: 18 Jun 2016