Title: When not investing in formal R&D, how do they manage innovative capacity? Evidence from Indian manufacturing firms

Authors: Malay Biswas

Addresses: Indian Institute of Management Rohtak, MDU Campus, Rohtak, Haryana, India

Abstract: Drawing upon multiple theories, our research attempts to examine the role of various organisational characteristics that potentially influence distinct strategic choices for management of innovative capacities of firms. We use data from the World Bank with a sample size of 2,206 Indian manufacturing firms across industries collected from 20 industrial hubs. We examine how various organisational characteristics influence strategic choices and subsequently how these strategic choices affect the innovative capabilities of the firm. Results indicated that organisational characteristics play a significant role in its strategic choice for innovation. Our research contributes to the existing discourse on market entry strategies, technology transfer arrangements, and innovation management. Our research inherits a number of limitations such as omitted variables, selective firm level characteristics, mutually exclusive event that we have highlighted at the end before drawing tentative conclusions.

Keywords: Indian manufacturing; innovative capacity; strategic choices; in-house R&D; contract R&D; licensing; joint venture.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2017.10007808

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2017 Vol.22 No.3, pp.353 - 384

Received: 12 Jul 2014
Accepted: 01 Dec 2014

Published online: 21 Sep 2017 *

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