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A Portrait of the Innovative Firm as a Small Patenting Entrepreneur
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5871-8571
2008 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines small innovative entrepreneurs by contrasting patenting firms against nonpatentingfirms. The empirical analysis is based on new and unique data on internal attributes,location and international trade characteristics for over 20 000 manufacturing firms in Swedenwith 1-25 employees. Our main findings are that firms’ access to financial means, humancapital and trade with R&D-intensive economies correlate highly significant with theirpropensity to be engaged in innovation activities, as evidenced by patent applications.Interestingly, when controlling for firm attributes we do not find any significant effect of thelocal milieu on innovativeness among micro and very small firms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
CESIS, KTH Royal Institute of Technology , 2008. , 29 p.
CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation, 127
Keyword [en]
Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Invention, Intellectual Property Rights, New Firms, Technology Transfer, Location
National Category
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-72431OAI: diva2:487579
QC 20120208Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-01-31 Last updated: 2012-02-08Bibliographically approved

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