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Complementarities between organizational changes, R&D activity and technological cooperation for the French manufacturing firms

Hajjem, Olfa and Ayadi, Mohamed and Garrouste, Pierre (2011): Complementarities between organizational changes, R&D activity and technological cooperation for the French manufacturing firms.

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Abstract

This article analyzes the determinants of the French companies’ innovation activity while highlighting the importance and the complementarities of the organizational and technological practices’impact. Our results suggest on one hand, that the product or process innovation is determined by the internal and external attributes of the company (size, demand pull and technological class). On the other hand, the complementarities tests between the technological (R&D activity and technological partnership) and organizational practices showed that these strategies are interconnected and that they have complementary effects which call for their simultaneous adoption. Accordingly, to be able to benefit completely from the positive effect of the partnership and the R&D efforts on innovation, they must be accompanied by certain organizational practices related to a good skills management and the implementation of an organizational architecture facilitating the knowledge creation and sharing.

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