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Innovation and Firm Growth: Is R&D Worth It?

Demirel, P; Mazzucato, M; (2012) Innovation and Firm Growth: Is R&D Worth It? Industry & Innovation , 19 (1) pp. 45-62. 10.1080/13662716.2012.649057. Green open access

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Abstract

The paper contributes to an emerging literature that critically questions the degree to which R&D, at the centre of national and transnational innovation policies, results in firm growth. The differences in how innovation affects firm growth is explored for small and large publicly quoted US pharmaceutical firms between 1950 and 2008. We observe that the positive impact of R&D on firm growth is highly conditional upon a combination of firm-specific characteristics such as firm size, patenting and persistence in patenting. For small firms, R&D boosts growth for only a subset of firms: namely, those that patent persistently for a minimum of five years. For large pharmaceutical firms, on the other hand, R&D may have a negative impact on growth; potentially resulting from the low R&D productivity these firms have suffered from since the mid-1990s. These results raise important issues around the R&D and firm growth relationship for small and large firms as well the role of persistence in innovation for boosting firm performance.

Type: Article
Title: Innovation and Firm Growth: Is R&D Worth It?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13662716.2012.649057
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/13662716.2012.649057
Language: English
Additional information: © 2012 Taylor & Francis. This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Innovation, persistence, firm growth, pharmaceutical industry
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1553090
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